That’s right, good news from the tropics. Invest 92L and Tropical Storm Erin are still alive and well, BUT there is good news. The bottom line is both systems appear to be short lived and no threat to the Florida Sea base. With that said, I am still watching Invest 92L closely because it is very hard to read, in part because it is still too disorganized. The Weather Channel currently thinks Invest 92L will stay west of New Orleans. That would really benefit our property in Southeast Texas; we really need the rain.
The track for Tropical Storm Erin still intrigues me. As of last night, the official track showed the system continuing west. The computer models show it turning north. If it turns north, it will encounter sufficient dry air to snuff it out.
This morning the NHC has changed the track to agree with the computer models. T/S Erin should turn north and die long before becoming a threat to the United States.
Program is running very well. We are short staffed with many returning to school. This is normal. We do have some reserves coming in, but another half dozen would be really nice. I think the Ships Store staff has dwindled from 6 to 2. We could use one more Scuba Mate (fondly known as Tank Adventure Mate because they spend most of the day filling scuba tanks) and maybe one more Divemaster. Captain Luke could use two people just to drive vans. But, like I said, this is normal for mid August and we will manage.
The participants are enjoying the weather and having experiences that they will never forget.
Captain Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape