posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 11:17 AM
reply to post by Rezlooper
OK, not to call everyone a "Liar", or "Manipulators of Truth", but I'd REALLY like someones' opinion to the "Truth" as I'VE seen it over the last 23
years of going to sea.
I'm a Coast-Guard Licensed Chief Engineer (Unlimited Horsepower) who has spent the last 23 years fishing for the same company, on the same boat, in
the same area of the Bering Sea since 1990. January to March of 2012 was WITHOUT A DOUBT the COLDEST I've seen in my entire career up here, and I've
got Engine Room Logs that PROVE it. The ship I'm on is just under 400 feet long, with a crew of about 140. I have a staff of 8 engineers, each working
a 12 hour watch, and every 4 hours we do rounds through the plant, taking down mundane information such as cylinder temps, exhaust temps, turbo
speeds, air temps, and SEAWATER temps. Last year, the seawater was SO COLD, that my desalination plant FROZE UP. As a lot of people are aware,
seawater has an average salinity of about 35,000 ppm, which allows it to remain liquid at about -2 c, or 28 F. As we remove the salts from the water,
of course the freeze point increases, up to "about" -0.6. Also, we were about 300 nautical miles SOUTH of our usual fishing area, as the sea-pack ice
was moving south-east by about that far further than we'd ever seen before. The outside air temp, with wind chill factor, averaged about -40 F for
almost 6 weeks straight. After poring over our log books that go back to 1989, when the boat was new, I found that the lowest seawater temp we'd EVER
had was -0.6 c in 1998.
I'm currently crossing the Gulf of Alaska heading up to Dutch Harbor from Seattle right now, and I'm already seeing water temps at +0.5 c, and we're
still 1200 miles SOUTH of where we were last year.
Anyway.... Sorry to toss a wet blanket of Global Warming and all that, but this is just what I've personally observed over the last ALMOST quarter of
edit on 13-1-2013 by ZEROZEE0 because: typo