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10/17/05

Randy, a third grader from Randolph county, would like to know about the daily duties of the captain of the R/V Seward Johnson.
The captain's job hours are 8:00 a.m.–noon and 8:00 p.m.–midnight, but he usually works longer hours. His main responsibility is to keep everyone safe during the mission. P.S. The captain of the R/V Seward Johnson does a great job!

Technical information about R/V Seward Johnson can be found on the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution's website.

Mrs. Trotter's third grade class from Randolph county asks:

How cold is it on the water during the day and at night?"
The water temperature is pretty similar during the day and at night. We have recorded 28.4 °C during the day and 28.0 °C at night. There is a much bigger temperature difference between the surface and the bottom. The bottom temperature was 8.6 °C on Monday! You can calculate how warm that is in degrees Fahrenheit by multiplying the degrees Celsius by 1.8 and then add 32.

example: (10 °C x 1.8) + 32 = 50 °F

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