We woke to gray skies (grey skies if you are from England), warm temperatures, and high humidity yesterday.  The good news was milder breezes and no rain (yet) .

At 15:45 (3:45 pm) the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch (laid through 23:00 / 11 pm) that included the Florida Sea Base.

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By 19:00 the folks in West Palm Beach were being treated to a fantastic light show.  (All of the squares are lightning strikes.)

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The rain passed through the Florida Sea base between 21:00 and 22:00 last night.  If the forecast holds, this system will push through today and we will have several days of nice weather.


Yesterday was my “sleep in” day; something of a substitute for a day off which happens rarely during program season.  I got up at 5, wrote yesterday’s post and went back to bed around 6:45.  I was in the process of waking up around 8 when I received a text message.  One of the dive boats was losing a belt.  The bottom line is we replaced the belt while the vessel was being fueled.  I started the process.  Captain Steve Harrison ran back and forth bringing needed tools.  Captain Alex Bergstedt did most of the work (and got the dirtiest).  Captain Luke Knuttel came to the rescue when Captain Alex got to a sticking point, I was the ringmaster.  (I was the ringmaster in a circus production during my first grade class – tuxedo, top hat, the whole works!)

I failed to mention that Bob Steckler rejoined the Divemaster staff Thursday or Friday for a brief stint.  Bob is a graduate of DMA Class 9 and worked with us last summer.

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



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