WEATHER

The Florida Sea Base is fortunate to have several crews from the Minneapolis area every year.  I just wanted to say that I hope you are hanging in there.  The current flooding following such a brutal winter has to be a little demoralizing.  Hang in there.  There’s no where to go to avoid weather.

We are at that time of year when our local stress level is up due to the potential of severe wind events in the Keys.  2014 is forecasted to be a mild hurricane season.  However, in the back of our minds, we all know that one major hurricane can easily remove the Florida Sea Base from the next update of Google Maps like it was never here.

Invest 91L now has about an 80% chance of development.  The good news for the Florida Sea Base is the system should start lifting to the NE soon.  The bad news is that it may creep as much as 100 miles closer to us before making that turn.  The closer it gets the stronger the winds are likely to be.

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I’m sure Captain Rich Beliveau will be watching this system intently as it double backs and approaches North Carolina.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the National Weather Service forecast is 5 to 10 knot winds from the West, hot in the afternoon, warm and night and a chance for a thunderstorm.  Last night we had NW winds at 17 to 20 knots.  But this morning we are back down to 10 knots.

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Please don’t be overly intimidated by Invest 91L.  I may be dwelling on it more than I should.  It is our first tropical system of the year and interesting in many ways.  But so far I don’t expect anything more for the Florida Sea Base than some wind and maybe a better chance of showers.  Dealing with challenging weather is a day to day, sometimes hour to hour part of life on the water.  It is a part of the High Adventure experience and gives us a better appreciation of the perfect days.  This little system in no way compares to the weather difficulties many of you are experiencing at home right now.

Yesterday was a typical Sunday with six Scuba Adventure crews, five Coral Reef Sailing crews, one Scuba Certification crew and one Sea Exploring crew checking out in the morning and six Scuba Adventure crews, five Coral Reef Sailing crews, one Scuba Certification crew and one Sea Exploring crew checking in after noon.  We are rocking and rolling with 61 program days remaining.

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

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