All is well today at the Florida Sea Base. Staff members are starting to pour in. Staff training starts at 0730 Sunday.
There is mixed news for the Florida Sea Base regarding the oil disaster today. My comments yesterday about the route of the Loop Current actually protecting the Gulf of Mexico side of our part of the Keys was reinforced. There are reports of oil as close as 350 miles west of Key West today but NONE of that is a threat to our bay side operation. [The Florida Sea Base is on the "bay side" or Gulf of Mexico side of the Keys. We should remain safe for the foreseeable future.] And even better news is that the Loop Current may (in the next few days) break from it’s usual path and actually form a clockwise rotating circle loop that would literally carry the oil back to Louisiana. (Not what the folks in Louisiana or Alabama want to hear.) This circular loop occurs every six to eleven months. Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground thinks this may happen as early as tomorrow. Even so, Dr. Masters still feels some oil will make it’s way past Key West on Wednesday. If you are trying to keep up with this, I would suggest you check Dr. Masters’ post daily. Today’s full post is at http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1488. Dr. Masters also mentions the first “invest” system, 90L, is sitting just northeast of the Bahamas and may bring some nasty weather to North Carolina by Tuesday. The system will not be any threat to the Florida Sea Base.
After our Team Meeting yesterday, Keith Douglass, our Facilities Director, attended a meeting in Marathon that primarily focused on hurricane information for 2010 but also got into the oil disaster. Capt. Pat DeQuattro, Commander of US Coast Guard Sector Key West, said (according to Capt. Douglass) that the Coast Guard will remain vigilant and prepared for a worse case scenario but all he is expecting to happen in the Keys from this oil disaster is the presence of tar balls. Again, that supports the comments I made yesterday.
So everything continues to be good at the Florida Sea Base; hectic and insane, but good. have a pleasant day.
Aboard S/V Escape