Sharky sent me these. This rig is about 50 miles off Galveston Island.
We reckon the waves that hit this rig were about 50'-60' high. Note the twisted steel girders that support the lowest "deck".
I think this is an excellent sign. The engineers and workers have done an outstanding job of "hardening" these rigs against Gulf Coast hurricanes since Dennis, Rita and Katrina. It's amazing to me that something that looks so flimsy can withstand waves that high for hours.
I regret bailing out of the geology program in 1987. This is a very exciting job field. Beats being a desk jockey. But at the time they were laying off seasoned geologists left and right. I would have graduated into a world underemployment.