Invest 95L is sending torrents of rain and sustained east winds of 20-30 knots to the Florida Sea Base. The good news is the base is best protected from east winds. Captain Rich said he has experienced enough rain. Captain Paul Beal is hoping the rain moves to Texas. There is a little tension that the system might spin up and cause greater issues for the base. The bad news is the rain may last for two more days. The good news, according to Dr. Rick Nabb on the Weather Channel, is that the cold front that passed through the Dallas/Fort Worth area overnight is on its way to squash the low pressure system that is responsible for the Florida rains. I don’t have the official report, but it appears tht the Florida Sea Base has received about a foot of rain from this system. The cold front has dropped the temperature into the upper 40s and lower 50s in the D/FW metroplex. Our forecasted high for today is 67º. No worries, I brought a sweatsuit and decent jacket with me. Be Prepared! It stays with you for life.
On a personal note, I’m recovering slowly from my stomach virus. I was awake all night Saturday, then spent Sunday morning in the ER, got some sleep Sunday night, and took it VERY easy Monday. Hopefully today will be another light day. The electricity was off all night here. I got up around 0515 Central time to support my wife who is working day shift at the PD today. I have two priorities for today. (1) Try to wrap up the DMA selection process. This has been a bigger challenge than expected from my remote location for two reasons; lack of functional computer support from the BSA National Office and frequently slow responses from the candidates. (2) Studying for The Emergency First Response Corp. Instructor Trainer exams that will be given at DEMA two weeks from tomorrow.
Due to being in a different time zone I am getting the posts out later than usual for all of the east coast readers. I feel bad about it, but I have no plans of getting up at 0430 my time, while being charged vacation days, to accommodate the time difference.
Capt. Rich, if you get a moment, peek at the cockpit scuppers on Escape for me, please. I have a couple of leaky portlights that I left prepared for some rain, but 12″+ is probably allowing enough leakage to be a small mess when I get back. Boats leak. It’s better when they leak from the top down than from the bottom up.
Stay dry guys. I’m sending an end to the rain from the Mother Country with all possible speed (the front passed through here at 45 mph last night).
Capt. Steve Willis
A little cool, but dry