Most members of the Florida Sea Base full-time staff took a plunge into the new scuba training pool yesterday.
From left to right: Cheryl Ferreri (Administrative Assistant), Captain Keith Douglass (Facilities Director), Cheryl Kuras (Retail Sales Manager), Tim Stanfill (Logistics Team Leader), Shelley Miklas (Financial Assistant), Captain Paul Beal (General Manager), Nancy Wells (Registrar), Captain Steve Willis (Program Director – Scuba), Captain Rae Murphy (Food Services Manager) and Captain Luke Knuttel (Program Director – Sailing).
The pool is “completed”, but there are still several bugs. One of those is a leaking drain pipe that may require serious dismantling to locate and repair.
The final Sea Exploring crew of the summer and the next-to-last Scuba Liveaboard crew of the summer returned to base for their luau last night. They will be headed home before lunch today. The FINAL crew of the 2014 summer season at the Florida Sea Base (Scuba Liveaboard) returns to base today.
With the arrival of a cold front a few days ago, the local temperatures have been a little cooler. The afternoon highs have been around 90 and the lows have been in the low 80s. We are getting occasional, spotty showers and a touch of breeze.
Dr. Jeff Masters posted this comment in his Thursday blog:
A large and powerful tropical wave will move off the coast of Africa on Friday evening, and will move near or over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday as the storm moves west at 10 – 15 mph. None of the three reliable computer models for predicting tropical storm formation predict the wave will develop over the next five days, but wind shear will be low enough and ocean temperatures warm enough to allow some slow development. In their 8 am EDT Thursday Tropical Weather Outlook, NHC gave the system 2-day and 5-day development odds of 0% and 30%, respectively.
Steve Gregory included this comment in his Thursday blog:
At this time, it appears well defined Tropical Waves will be coming off the West African coast every 4-7 days for the next 3 weeks – but with none of the models forecasting major intensification of any of them at this time. This MAY turn out to be correct in a few cases as the convectively suppressed portion of CCKW’s will be over the MDR starting late next week.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape