Bohale, From Above and Below

Captain Terry told us things were going to start moving and they sure did; we were five days away from the drill site and tropical cyclone Bohale stood in our way.

Captain Terry told us things were going to start moving and they sure did; we were five days away from the drill site and tropical cyclone Bohale stood in our way. “Cyclone” may sound a little over dramatic as it was soon downgraded to a tropical depression but that didn’t stop salt shakers and bottles of hot sauce from flying off the tables in the galley.

The official report says the winds maxed out at 52 knots (or 96 kilometres per hour) and the waves reached 6.1 meters. As we were experiencing Bohale from below, our friends NASA we’re watching from above. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite had a clear view from above and used radar to create a 3D reconstruction of the storm. They found that the system towered 16.6 kilometres above the JR and rained down 77 millimetres of rain per hour on top of us!

The GPM Satellite was launched in February 2014 and provides frequent 3D reconstructions of global precipitation. Find out more here<!