Even though I am away for a while, I still try to keep tabs on what’s happening at the Florida Sea Base. As I mentioned yesterday, the weather has improved. However, in reviewing the data from the National Buoy Data Center, I see that the wind was from the south and west Sunday night. That can make tough sleeping conditions for folks like Captain Rich and Captain Carol on our dock. Captain Rich reports that the harbor dredging, which I understood to be cleared to go before I left the base, is now back under review by the State of Florida. Tim Stanfill is having a busy conference calendar this month. Captain Paul Beal is attending meetings at the BSA National Office. Rob Kolb is answering phones in Admin.
Pretty much everything (okay, everything) Megan Ware does seems to be incredible. She is in Antarctica now. She has a great blog at www.gonediving99.blogspot.com. There are some awesome photos! I’m happy for her. I have NO plans of getting that far from the equator; more than 35º latitude has become outside my comfort zone. I would more to a lower latitude tomorrow except that it would take me even further from my family.
I have placed a link to Megan’s blog on my LINKS page for future reference. There are some other good links there as well and I add more as I get them. So check there from time to time and you may find some fun reading.
Dr. Jeff Masters’ blog has some great info on the recent rains in Florida and Texas as does the Weather Channel.
7-day rainfall estimates ending October 10, 2011. The red colors represent rainfall of 5 to 8 inches. Orange colors represent rainffall of 3 to 5 inches. Image source: water.weather.gov
One of the local lakes near Fort Worth is still 15′ below normal. I have scuba dived and taught classes in Lake Benbrook. As a matter of fact, as a Scout, I saved one of my Assistant Scoutmaster’s life while snorkeling at Lake Benbrook. He would have drown if I hadn’t cut him free from a trot-line that he had become entangled in while snorkeling. He was stuck in the trot-line about 4′ underwater and couldn’t free himself from the hooks which we attached to thick nylon string which was in turn tied to cinder blocks. Anyway, if the lake is 15′ low, it must be about 6″ deep.
Have a great day. Megan, stay warm.
Capt. Steve Willis
From the Mother Country