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Scott McDowell

Scott E. McDowell has a doctorate degree in ocean physics, is a licensed captain and author of Marinas: a Complete Guide available at www.scottemcdowell.com. Contact him at scott@scottemcdowell.com.

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Sea Science: Technology to ease danger of submerged containers

Sea Science: by Scott McDowell Boaters and professional captains alike know that one of the most dangerous hazards at sea is colliding with a partially …

Sea Science: Ice governs aquatic life on Earth

Sea Science: by Scott McDowell You need not be a sober scientist to realize that ice is lighter than water. We see cubes floating in our cocktails, and we’re …

Sea Science: There’s a reason that green flash at sunset is so rare

Sea Science: by Scott McDowell When mariners share sea stories of encounters with gales and rogue waves, rarely does a session end without mention of the …

Sea Science: Gulf Stream current, eddies keep big river of the Atlantic moving

Sea Science: by Scott McDowell The Gulf Stream “system” begins with westward surface flow through the Caribbean, looping through the Gulf of Mexico, then …

Know the Florida Current, the southern leg of the Gulf Stream

Sea Science: by Scott McDowell The strong northward current between the eastern shore of Florida and the Bahamas is officially named the Florida Current (FC), …

Sea Science: Rogue Waves, part 2; Design specs not good enough

Sea Science by Scott McDowell Rogue waves are not uncommon throughout our world’s oceans, as documented by dozens of examples in this space last month. …

Rogue waves are real and more frequent than mariners think

By definition, a rogue is one who behaves unexpectedly and abnormally, often causing damage to anything nearby. This succinctly describes the extremely large …

Science of rainbows explains much, steals the magic not at all

Rainbows require sunlight and moisture in the air but it’s the magic angle of 42 degrees that causes rainbows to exist. Light rays from the sun appear to the …

Lightning: The formation and risk to swimmers

Lightning bolts represent a tremendous discharge of electricity: 100-300 million volts and 30,000 amps. Most often, they occur between clouds, but 25 percent …

Chances for lightning strike higher than for major lottery win

Because of severe injuries and death caused by convective (rising warm-air) storms, the National Weather Service has compiled accurate statistics on the …

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Hurricane Maria impacts Caribbean as a major storm

Hurricane Maria impacts Caribbean as a major storm

UPDATE: Wed., Sept. 20 Click for Hurricane Maria update for Sept. 20 from Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)'s …

Competition, workshops for interior crew at Monaco

Competition, workshops for interior crew at Monaco

Stews, don't miss the chance to strut your stuff at the Monaco Yacht Show this year. G.U.E.S.T. (Guidelines for Unified Excellence in …

Windowless cars, damaged boats, rare flights aid Tortola escape after Hurricane Irma

Windowless cars, damaged boats, rare flights aid Tortola escape after Hurricane Irma

By Dorie Cox The first frightening trip was out the door of the hotel bathroom. Four charter boat guests stood up from the floor of …

Yacht crew gather after weathering Hurricane Irma in UMC

Yacht crew gather after weathering Hurricane Irma in UMC

About 100 yacht crew and industry professionals gathered under the tiki hut at Universal Marine Center last night (Sept. 14) for a …

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