Weather forecasting is definitely a mix of science and art.  The question is, is winter here to stay?  The current answer, provided by the Magic 8 Ball is, “As I see it, yes”.  I’m sure the National Weather Service does not rely on answers from the Magic 8 Ball.  Our average high temperature for this time of year is 75° and our average low is 65°.  Looking at the AccuWeather forecast through the end of the year we should be below or near our average for the next 12 days.  Starting on 30 January we are back into the low 80s for three days.  You can also check out the February forecast.  Assuming that “winter” would be described as temperatures near or below average for the season, and assuming the AccuWeather forecast through the end of February is correct, it appears that the Magic 8 Ball was correct.

Tim Gaffron (and other readers in the Minneapolis area), I’m not sure if you are suffering from the winter times blues, but regardless, you MUST go check this place out ASAP.  TODAY!  Victor’s 1959 Cafe.  This place is supposed to have killer Cuban food – a taste of the Keys right in Minneapolis.  And its within 20 miles of Tim.  Don’t get me wrong, Cuban is no substitute for Tex-Mex, but it IS some good eating!


The Volunteer Development Committee #1 group has departed.  Boy Scout Troop 304 from Atlanta, Georgi arrived last last night for a Florida Sea Base weekend.  They leave Monday morning and Volunteer Development Committee #2 is scheduled to arrive Monday afternoon.  (Based on prior experience, some of the instructors and even a few participants will trickle in over the weekend.)


Progress on the new pool is creeping along.  We hope it will be completed in time for the beginning of the 2014 summer season.  Hope for the best!!!

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The PADI video of the week is about the plight of the Olive Ridley turtle.  It’s not long and worth the watch.

Captain Alex Bergstedt in on vacation until 04 February.  I will be leaving within a week and will be on vacation for two weeks and attending BSA committee meetings in Dallas for four days.  Gail Penfield, wife of Captain Scott on S/V Chanticleer, has volunteered to review the files that come in while we are gone.  However, she will not contact the crews with issues; that may have to wait until I return.  I will do what I can as quickly as I can when I return.  Two sets of medicals arrived Thursday.  I review those yesterday and sent emails to the adult leaders with a list of issues.  I think we have received 10 of 32 crews’ medicals.


I hope you have a great three day weekend.  I plan to spend some very needed time in the engine room of S/V Escape today.  I may not post Sunday.  (I was up almost all night and today will be a real chore for my crippled leg.)  It depends on whether I am able to force myself to sleep in for a while.  I’m pretty sure I will be working Sunday afternoon and Monday.

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

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