CAPTAIN BRUCE

It’s 20 minutes after midnight.  Captain Rich posted on Facebook about 30 minutes ago that Captain Bruce is doing better.  Monday morning the doctor said he had 2 days to live.  Monday afternoon he was looking much better.  Tuesday morning they flushed his lungs and drained a lot of yucky stuff.  This morning is 48 hours and he’s still with us.  Thanks to all of you who are praying and keeping Captain Bruce in your thoughts.

WEATHER

The on and off showers returned to the Florida Sea Base around 01:00 Tuesday morning.  We are expecting a few days of rain courtesy of the remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Dorian.

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If you enlarge this graphic from the Climate Prediction Center you will see that we have reason to expect that there will not be any tropical weather development that would affect the Florida Sea Base over the next two weeks.  The Weather Channel explained this morning that a large amount of dust has blown of the Sahara Desert into the Atlantic and that will subdue the chance of tropical storm formation for a while.  Sometimes that dust makes it all the way to the Keys and makes a bit of a mess.  (Plus it makes my allergies flair up.)  I will take the dust over a hurricane any day.

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NOAA has a pair of new supercomputers.  I am computer illiterate so no one should be surprised that I don’t know what a teraflop is.  I’m guessing it is a bunch of terabytes.  But since I don’t know what that is then I’m back to not knowing what a teraflop is.  (An Italian broken flip-flop?  I teara my flippa floppa.)

Nicknamed “Tide,” the supercomputer in Reston, Va., and its Orlando-based backup named “Gyre,” are operating with 213 teraflops (TF) — up from the 90 TF with the computers that preceded them. This higher processing power allows the National Weather Service to implement an enhanced Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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