I had the honor of driving one of the Florida Sea Base scuba boats yesterday morning.  If was the final dive for the Wednesday Scuba Adventure and Scuba Certification crews.  Despite the fact that I spend most of my time behind a desk, I am a fairly decent boat driver.  And despite my age, I am a still an accomplished scuba diver.

The divers did a great job.  Some were very excited by the “humongus” lobster they saw.  Almost everyone saw more than one Lionfish.  I heard more than one report of Lionfish big enough to eat.  (They are an invasive specie and very good tasting.)


I haven’t mentioned Northern Tier in a long time.  I was watching The Weather Channel while writing this and they mentioned that conditions may be very severe in the Northern Tier area this coming weekend.  That’s a long way off meteorologically so maybe they will be wrong.

The tropics are still quiet but we are expecting another system to crank up in the Eastern Pacific in the next week. It too will likely move west and not pose a threat to the Florida Sea Base.

Have you ever wondered how the weather folks know when a season starts?  I stumbled across a simply explanation recently.  In the northern hemisphere, the first day of summer is the day that the sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Cancer.  [The Brinton Environmental Center is less than 1° North of the Tropic of Cancer.]  The sun is directly over the Equator on the first day of fall.  Winter begins when the sun crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and spring has sprung when the sun returns to the Equator.


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Locally, we are hot.

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

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