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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: 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 …

Water is crucial to survival

Survival at sea is primarily decided by the availability of drinking water. Our body needs to consume roughly one-half gallon of fresh water daily to maintain …

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Triton networks with United Yacht Transport

Triton networks with United Yacht Transport

About 175 captains, crew and industry professionals joined The Triton to network with United Yacht Transport on the first day of summer in …

Crew on charter duty during America’s Cup races

Crew on charter duty during America’s Cup races

The crew on M/Y Rena are at work with yacht charters, even as America's Cup events race around them. Many guests are taking advantage of …

Sea Science: Ice governs aquatic life on Earth

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 …

Lauderdale celebrates marine industry

Lauderdale celebrates marine industry

Hundreds of marine industry employees and local residents enjoyed the 4th annual Marine Industry Day in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. …