|July 1st 2014 Update|
Here’s a quick update on the weather. Invest 91L made its way further South than originally forecast and now sits as Tropical Depression #1 centered 100 miles East of Melbourne. The weather system is currently stationary, but is forecast to begin moving to the North and East with potential for becoming a Tropical Storm. As such, a Tropical Storm warning has been issued for our area.
Winds are forecast to stay from the North to Northeast at around 20 knots. Higher gusts are expected, mostly associated with rain bands that will move onshore and periodically affect our operating area. The Scripps buoy is currently reporting 3.0 ft seas. For today’s cruise, I expect sea conditions between 3-4 feet with some 5 foot seas in the late afternoon. This translates into a few bumps and some rolling motion during the cruise today with potential for moderate motion during the turns. With the North winds, I’ll make sure to keep the ship under the Southeast Shoal for even more protection where the ride will be best.
Sea and wind conditions are expected to increase tonight. As such, I will update the weather later this afternoon once we get offshore.
In case you’re wondering, “Invest” is the new term being used when forecasters begin running computer models on a tropical wave because of its potential for development.
The forecast through Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning calls for similar conditions to what I see this morning. Winds will be mostly from the North with sea conditions topping out around 3-4 feet. The Southeast Shoal will provide some protection for us and knock down the seas a bit. The ride will be smooth and similar to what we have been experiencing all summer. After Invest 91L moves out of our area, winds will back around and become predominately Southerly by Wednesday afternoon through Friday. Sea conditions will diminish to 1-3 feet as the week moves on and the weather is shaping up to be sunny, hot, and beautiful for the 4th of July.
Saturday night, July 5th from Cocoa Beach. Both firework shows will be visible from the ship! We look forward to having you aboard. Happy 4th!