More planes joined the search Sunday (March 23) in hopes of finding answers to the fate of the missing Malaysia Air Flight 370. Sunday’s search, which involves eight aircraft, has been split into two areas within the same proximity covering 22,800 square miles in a remote part of the southern India Ocean. There was a new satellite image of possible debris released yesterday. Why can’t they just fly to that spot and find the plane? The answer is ocean currents. These currents both frustrate the search and serve as a way of finding possible objects. If the plane crashed in one area, the currents could take it into a completely different region, days or weeks later. That’s why the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the search operation, is deciding where to search via what is called drift modeling.
If you want to see how the currents work, please do (!) check out this website: Wave Currents Across the Globe
Bottom Line: This post provides a link that will let you check out ocean currents all across the globe to see how fast they are moving. If you look, you’ll find there are a lot of eddies (circular currents) all along the Indian Ocean where several countries continue to search for the missing jet, Malaysia Air Flight 370.
When he's not keeping EarthSky's community up-to-date on global weather happenings, meteorologist Matt Daniel is the weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia. He is also a freelance weather producer for CNN. He has contributed to articles to MSN Weather and worked with the National Weather Service. Matt graduated from The University of Georgia where he obtained a degree in Geography and a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences and Music Business. He has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.