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Forum Post: Shell game: Gulf of Alaska storms vs. Kulluk drilling rig

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 7, 2013, 8:40 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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Anyone familiar with the meteorology of the North Pacific and the Gulf of Alaska knows that this region is one of the stormiest on the planet with one major storm after another during midwinter. Unbelievably, a Shell Oil spokesman said, that forecasts indicated a favorable two-week weather window. This is at odds with the facts. First, as I will show below the forecasts on the day they left clearly suggested the potential for big storms during the 3-4 week voyage to Seattle, including the first week. Second, forecast skill drops substantially after 4-6 days and thus there was no guarantee of fair weather for this difficult tow.

Lets take a look at the surface charts during a few points in this ill-favored trip.

Look-ey here

The bottom line is that based on climatology and the forecasts available throughout the period, this was no time to be doing a very difficult tow over the northern Gulf of Alaska.




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[-] 1 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

How long will it take to move the rig? Can it realistically wait until spring? How do they work in the North Sea? I imagine the technology is there to handle this since there has been drilling in these regions for decades

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

More comments from Alaskan Shannyn Moore.


[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

That was real good.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

I think I'm going to like her.

You might remember her as the woman that said her guns are less regulated than her uterus...................:)

Anyway here's a link to her show.


[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I do remember that. Thanks.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I am going to have to take off for awhile. Lemme listen to it when I get back later tonight.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

But there were taxes to avoid!