Still traveling towards Hawaii, about 900+ miles to go.
A major storm area over northern Hawaii is evidently making news with minor flooding along the coast. From out point of view, the ride has gotten much rougher and slower. We are moving into a constant 30 knots wind with gusts over 40 knots. Seas are between 4-6 meters (ie waves of 12-18 feet). The heave measured on the ship is between 6-8 feet. Roll at 2-4 degrees and pitch at 4-5 degrees. Skipping the numbers, the ship is lurching forward, twisting in three directions as much as 4 feet a sec. Stairwells have gotten particularly entertaining. The crew is laughing at the IODP folks coping with it, saying this is still mild. Most of us have no desire to see weather that is not mild.
A few have succumbed to seasickness again and are no longer very productive. The patch pumping chemicals into them to cope with it makes them groggy at best. So far I am doing fine, no Dramamine and no effects other than a new bruise. Should have been going slower, was hurrying to a meeting going up the stairwell carrying my laptop in my hands. The ship lurched away from me, making me lighter, and went sideways at the same time. Caught the railing on my arm and shoulder rather than hit the laptop or drop it to catch the rail. Been using my carrying bag more often since.
Many are avoiding the steeper stairwells. Entertaining exercise to go up and down now as changes in angle convert from stairs to ladder and back again while you are moving on them.
Several times a minute, waves strike the ship with a resounding boom that can be felt from front to back. Best for people to go out on watch them hit for a while to understand that it does us no harm and we are in no danger, because it sounds awful from in here.
Work continues as fast as possible. It is the end of month and two systems are still not finished. Minor issues continue to plague them as we push towards completion. Four systems are now labeled dead, needing hardware repairs in Hawaii before they can be put back into operation. (We have known about two of them since Guam. The parts were shipped out for replacement from there. These parts are not ones we had spares for, yet.)
While the storm has slowed our pace considerably, they expect it to dissipate in 40-50 hours and we will pick our speed back up. Good chance to hit the average we need to arrive on schedule.