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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
429 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

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.

GMZ005-220330-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
429 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

.SYNOPSIS...A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PROGRESS EASTWARD THROUGH
THE GULF OF MEXICO TONIGHT. THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL STALL
JUST WEST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA WEDNESDAY. THE LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM MAY PRODUCE STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY...BEFORE IT
GRADUALLY WEAKENS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY. THIS LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM SHOULD START TO MOVE TO THE NORTHEAST THURSDAY NIGHT.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM CURRENT...AS OF
FEBRUARY 20TH...

36 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
21 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
20 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
25 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
21 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
11 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
 7 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
14 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-220330-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
429 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

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

.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH
AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST IN THE
AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS ROUGH. WINDS HIGHER AND BAY WATERS VERY
ROUGH NEAR SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO
15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. BAY WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...WEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST IN THE
AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS CHOPPY.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ032-035-220330-
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-
429 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

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

.TONIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING
SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET...BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS ROUGH. WINDS AND
SEAS HIGHER NEAR SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO
15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...WEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS
AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1
TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ042>044-220330-
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-
429 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

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

.TONIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING
SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS BUILDING
TO 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS ROUGH. WINDS AND
SEAS HIGHER NEAR SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO
15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
CHOPPY...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS
AROUND 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2
TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-220330-
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-
429 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

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

.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH
AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET...BUILDING TO
4 TO 6 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER
MIDNIGHT.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 7 FEET. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER NEAR SHOWERS
AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO
15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET.
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...WEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. SCATTERED
SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO
5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3
TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO
6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ033-034-220330-
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-
429 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2017

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

.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHEAST TO
SOUTH AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO
3 FEET...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST AROUND
NOON. SEAS 4 TO 7 FEET. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER NEAR SHOWERS AND
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO
15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FEET...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5
FEET. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. SCATTERED
SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2
TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3
TO 4 FEET.
.SUNDAY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO
5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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