Friday, October 2, 2015

FAC

FAC = flat ass calm. It's a technical term, really. And it describes beautifully our weather conditions from today. The winds have picked up a little since the sun set or as we passed through some isolated showers. For the most part, though, today has been beautiful, and what I normally think of when I think "Caribbean."

Our lookout could see debris and deadheads (logs washed out to sea) from nearly 3/4 of a mile away. The wind is barely strong enough to mark ripples on the water's surface. When sea birds dive for flying fish, you can see their bubble trail streaking in the water after them, and watch them gulp the tasty treats they've caught as they float placidly by. We saw mahi mahi hiding under detritus, their neon greeny-yellow tails shimmering like jewels.

The wind might pick up soon and churn the seas up again. But in the meantime, I'll enjoy the FAC conditions as long as I can.

LCDR Charlotte Mundy
Executive Officer
USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616)
**UNDERWAY**

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