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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
431 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

FLORIDA BAY...HAWK CHANNEL AND STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM OCEAN REEF TO
SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS...AND THE EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF
MEXICO...INCLUDING THE FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

SEAS ARE GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH IS THE AVERAGE
HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE
MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT.

GMZ005-041430-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
431 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

.SYNOPSIS...AN APPROACHING TROUGH TODAY INTO TONIGHT WILL RESULT IN
INCREASING SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST BREEZES. WINDS AND SEAS WILL BE HIGHER
IN AND NEAR INCREASINGLY NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...AND A
FEW STORMS MAY BE STRONG. A WEAK...LATE SEASON COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP
ACROSS FLORIDA KEYS WATERS TONIGHT...WITH A FEW REINFORCING SHOTS OUT
OF THE NORTHWEST AND NORTH THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. THEREAFTER...A
HIGH PRESSURE AREA WILL MIGRATE EASTWARD...FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO
INTO THE WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC. THIS WILL ALLOW BREEZES TO TURN FROM
NORTH TO EAST BY LATE SUNDAY.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF MAY 3...

23 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
26 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
24 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
20 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
17 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
 9 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
 5 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
 2 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-041430-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
431 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FOR INCREASING WINDS...
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE REQUIRED TONIGHT...

.TODAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHWEST
TO WEST AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS LATE. BAY WATERS A LIGHT
CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDS HIGHER AND
BAY WATERS ROUGH NEAR STRONG SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
.TONIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR
15 KNOTS OVERNIGHT. BAY WATERS ROUGH...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP.
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN ISOLATED
SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR
15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING
TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHWEST NEAR 5
KNOTS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP...BECOMING MOSTLY SMOOTH.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS BECOMING
NORTH. BAY WATERS SMOOTH.
.SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS SMOOTH
TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT CHOP.

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GMZ032-035-041430-
BAYSIDE AND GULF SIDE FROM CRAIG KEY TO WEST END OF SEVEN MILE
BRIDGE-
GULF OF MEXICO FROM WEST END OF SEVEN MILE BRIDGE TO HALFMOON
SHOAL OUT TO 5 FATHOMS-
431 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FOR INCREASING WINDS...
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE REQUIRED TONIGHT...

.TODAY...SOUTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHWEST TO WEST AND
INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS...BUILDING TO 1 TO
3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. ISOLATED
SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN
THE AFTERNOON. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER NEAR STRONG SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS.
.TONIGHT...WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHWEST NEAR 15
KNOTS OVERNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF MARQUESAS.
NEARSHORE WATERS ROUGH...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. NUMEROUS SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS DECREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3
FEET. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF MARQUESAS. NEARSHORE WATERS BECOMING A
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO
NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF MARQUESAS.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
3 FEET. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF MARQUESAS. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING
TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHWEST AND
DECREASING TO AROUND 5 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING SMOOTH.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...SHIFTING NORTHEAST.
SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR
LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ042>044-041430-
HAWK CHANNEL FROM OCEAN REEF TO CRAIG KEY OUT TO THE REEF-
HAWK CHANNEL FROM CRAIG KEY TO WEST END OF SEVEN MILE BRIDGE OUT
TO THE REEF-
HAWK CHANNEL FROM WEST END OF SEVEN MILE BRIDGE TO HALFMOON SHOAL
OUT TO THE REEF-
431 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FOR INCREASING WINDS...
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL LIKELY BE REQUIRED TONIGHT...

.TODAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHWEST
TO WEST AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 1 FOOT OR
LESS...BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT
CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDS AND SEAS
HIGHER NEAR STRONG SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
.TONIGHT...WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHWEST NEAR 15
KNOTS OVERNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF MARQUESAS.
NEARSHORE WATERS ROUGH...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. NUMEROUS SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
3 FEET. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF MARQUESAS. NEARSHORE WATERS BECOMING A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR
15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF MARQUESAS. NEARSHORE
WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. SEAS HIGHER WEST OF
MARQUESAS. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING
TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST TO NORTHWEST
5 TO 10 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...SHIFTING
NORTH TO NORTHEAST. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A
LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-041430-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM OCEAN REEF TO CRAIG KEY OUT 20 NM-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM CRAIG KEY TO WEST END OF SEVEN MILE
BRIDGE OUT 20 NM-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM WEST END OF SEVEN MILE BRIDGE TO SOUTH OF
HALFMOON SHOAL OUT 20 NM-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM HALFMOON SHOAL TO 20 NM WEST OF DRY
TORTUGAS OUT 20 NM-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM OCEAN REEF TO CRAIG KEY 20 TO 60 NM OUT-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM CRAIG KEY TO WEST END OF SEVEN MILE
BRIDGE 20 TO 60 NM OUT-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM WEST END OF SEVEN MILE BRIDGE TO SOUTH OF
HALFMOON SHOAL 20 TO 60 NM OUT-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM HALFMOON SHOAL TO 20 NM WEST OF DRY
TORTUGAS 20 TO 60 NM OUT-
431 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FOR INCREASING WINDS...
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL LIKELY BE REQUIRED TONIGHT...

.TODAY...SOUTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHWEST TO WEST AND
INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET...BUILDING TO 2
TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN NUMEROUS SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER NEAR STRONG
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
.TONIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 15
TO 20 KNOTS OVERNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET
AFTER MIDNIGHT. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
EVENING...THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS DECREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 T0 2O KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR
15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO
5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING
TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...DECREASING TO
NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...SHIFTING
NORTHEAST TO EAST. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.

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GMZ033-034-041430-
GULF WATERS FROM EAST CAPE SABLE TO CHOKOLOSKEE 20 TO 60 NM OUT
AND BEYOND 5 FATHOMS-
GULF OF MEXICO INCLUDING DRY TORTUGAS AND REBECCA SHOAL CHANNEL-
431 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR INCREASING WINDS...

.TODAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHWEST
TO WEST AND INCREASING TO NEAR 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS AROUND 1
FOOT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE
MORNING...THEN NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER NEAR STRONG SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 15
KNOTS OVERNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FEET. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 7
FEET...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO
6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS SUBSIDING TO
3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO
5 FEET.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15
KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 2 FEET.
.SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3
FEET.

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