Coastal Waters Forecast
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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
431 AM EST FRI DEC 26 2014

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.

GMZ005-261530-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
431 AM EST FRI DEC 26 2014

.SYNOPSIS...HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE EASTERN SEABOARD TODAY WILL EXTEND
EASTWARD INTO THE ATLANTIC THIS WEEKEND...AND GRADUALLY WEAKEN EARLY
NEXT WEEK.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF DECEMBER
22...

24 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
12 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
 8 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
 1 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY LIGHT...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
LESS THAN 1 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
 6 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
 1 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
 5 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-261530-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
431 AM EST FRI DEC 26 2014

.TODAY...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND GUSTY THIS
MORNING...BECOMING EAST AND DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS THIS
AFTERNOON. BAY A MODERATE CHOP TO CHOPPY THIS MORNING...THEN BECOMING
A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

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GMZ032-035-261530-
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 EST FRI DEC 26 2014

.TODAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS THIS MORNING...BECOMING
EAST AND DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT
OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS
1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO
15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP.

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GMZ042>044-261530-
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 EST FRI DEC 26 2014

.TODAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS THIS
MORNING...BECOMING EAST AND DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1
TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-261530-
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 EST FRI DEC 26 2014

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION THIS MORNING UNTIL WINDS AND
SEAS SUBSIDE...

.TODAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS THIS
MORNING...BECOMING EAST AND DECREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS BY AFTERNOON.
SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET THIS MORNING...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND GUSTY. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS
2 TO 4 FEET.

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GMZ033-034-261530-
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 EST FRI DEC 26 2014

.TODAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS THIS MORNING...DECREASING
TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET...SUBSIDING TO 2
TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
3 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO
15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.

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