You both are one of the main reasons Rick & I enjoyed coming here & “working” on our vacations. You always made us feel welcomed! I know that this High Adventure Camp wouldn’t be the same without you both. Everything you did you did 200% + and I know that everyone that worked for you both enjoyed it and they learned something after you where done with them. My heart is sad and Rick & I will miss you terrible.
Most of the staff were busy entertaining the Volunteer Development Conference attendees on the “day off” from training sessions. Captain Christy Clemenson returned from her trip to New Jersey to visit Captain, I mean Officer Scott Costa. Captain Sargon Smith and I spent the morning working in the scuba area. He spent the afternoon making preparations to drive to Miami today to pick up new equipment carts for the scuba programs. Captain Rich Beliveau spent most of the day consoling captains as they came to bid him adieu.
A strong, but short-lived northerly blow is expected to commence between late Thursday afternoon and midnight across most Florida Keys coastal waters. This will require Small Craft Advisories to be posted for all zones.
Temperatures have been running several degrees above average for January. However, a significant drop in both temperature and humidity will be noticeable by Friday daybreak.
The timing of the front is still somewhat uncertain. However, the following are some best-guess times (give or take a few hours) to expect the initial northwesterly wind shift and surge to begin:
Dry Tortugas: 4:00 p.m.
Key West Harbor: 6:00 p.m.
Boot Key Harbor: 7:00 p.m.
Ocean Reef Club: 8:00 p.m.
Winds initially will blow from the northwest, likely surging to a steady 25 knots with higher gusts for a few hours late Thursday evening, then turning around from due north overnight. On Friday, winds will clock from north-northeast, and slacken below 20 knots at most locations. Wind speeds over the weekend are a bit uncertain, and in all likelihood will blow in “fits and starts” from the northeast. However, Small Craft Advisories most likely will be dropped by Saturday daybreak, and not be needed for the remainder of the weekend.
For the hour-by-hour details based on our most recent forecast package, please visit the following web site:
Also, for graphical output from our experimental Nearshore Wave Prediction System, please visit the following site:
And, for the standard “Florida Keys Coastal Waters Forecast”, you can always get that here:
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape