Ironically, 13 October was the end of the rainy season for South Florida and the Florida Keys (including the Florida Sea Base). This Wundermap® screenshot from yesterday morning would not cause anyone to be concerned.
But add the satellite layer and POOF, reality.
We obviously have a lot of moisture headed our way.
Late last night the National Hurricane Center upgraded this system to tropical depression status, designated TD 9 and are forecasting continued development to tropical storm status before it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula.
The long range storm track suggests the system will stay south of Cuba. However, we are still expecting a lot of rain, especially Friday and Saturday, from this system.
The National Weather Service forecast continues to forecast winds from the NE through Saturday, but we experienced westerly winds at the Florida Sea Base most of yesterday afternoon.
Despite the weather, the show must go on. Attendees of the 2014 BSA Aquatics Workshop began checking in yesterday. The BSA Aquatics Task Force members will meet from 08:30 to 17:30 today. I am not a fan of meetings; a necessary evil I suppose. More participants will arrive during the day and the show kicks off in earnest after dinner tonight.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape