Monday started out with a little lightning and about 15 minutes of showers just as the morning staff meeting began. But that was it for the day; clear skies, warm temperatures and mild breezes blessed us for the remainder of the day. Despite a 20% chance of rain today, we will start out dry this morning.
We finally have some tropical activity. Invest 99L is on the horizon yet too far out to be of substantial concern. The weather community has been watching this system for a few days but did not expect it to organize. The National Hurricane Center is now giving the system a 20% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. But the system does have to build to that extent to cause significant wind, rain and lightning. I have mentioned trip insurance frequently in recent posts. If you are coming to the Florida Keys in August it is a good idea. We invest a lot of money annually in business interruption insurance (which does not cheap in the Florida Keys, even with a substantial deductible).
ZCZC MIATWOAT ALL TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 AM EDT TUE JUL 31 2012 FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO... 1. A WEAK AREA OF LOW PRESSURE ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL WAVE LOCATED ABOUT 1100 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS CONTINUES TO PRODUCE DISORGANIZED SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS APPEAR CONDUCIVE FOR SOME GRADUAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS...AND THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES WESTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH. ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. $$ FORECASTER PASCH NNNN
Sailing Director Captain Rich Beliveau spent Monday in Miami at the doctor’s office. Unfortunately, he was sentenced to another month of wearing the cast on his foot. Director of Program Rob Kolb spent the day at the Brinton Environmental Center. I spent the day hanging out at the Florida Sea Base.
Everything went according to schedule here. Sailing Commissioner Stephanie Mansburger and Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras have performed magnificently overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Florida Sea Base programs this summer. Likewise, Office Manager Susan Mahoney has taken total charge of check-in, check-out, dissemination of information to the adult leaders, managing the medical records and first aid logs, coordinating rental car transfers and keeping the scuba and sailing staff on task of meeting their arriving crews in a timely fashion. As soon as I am 100% clear of this congestion I think I’ll go diving and stay out of these ladies’ way!
I am currently devoting about 50% of my days to preparations for the 2012 Divemaster Academy. This is a much larger production than one might suspect. It will take a team of four countless hours to make the 2012 DMA the best yet. Rich Goldman, Captain Christy Clemenson and I are already discussing improvements. We will still be tweaking the program until 2 or 3 days before the graduation ceremony.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape