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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
408 AM EST FRI FEB 24 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.

GMZ005-241530-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
408 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017

.SYNOPSIS...A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM NORTH OF THE BAHAMAS WILL LIFT
OUT TO THE NORTHEAST SLOWLY TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY. A WEAK PRESSURE
PATTERN WILL ENVELOP THE KEYS AREA THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM CURRENT...AS OF
FEBRUARY 23...

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

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-241530-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
408 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017

.TODAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
VARIABLE AND DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. BAY
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.TONIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS SMOOTH TO A
LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS
EARLY...DECREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
BAY WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ032-035-241530-
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-
408 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017

.TODAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...DECREASING
TO 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A
LIGHT CHOP.
.TONIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1
FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING WEST AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 FOOT OR
LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH...BECOMING A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS EARLY...DECREASING TO NEAR 10
KNOTS. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS A
MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING
TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.


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GMZ042>044-241530-
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-
408 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017

.TODAY...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.
NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING TO
NEAR 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTH3EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS
EARLY...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS BUILDING
TO 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING
CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS
NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-241530-
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-
408 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017

.TODAY...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. SEAS 3
TO 5 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE UPPER KEYS DUE TO NORTH TO NORTHEAST
SWELLS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. SEAS 3
TO 4 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE UPPER KEYS DUE TO NORTH TO NORTHEAST
SWELLS.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5
FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15
TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ033-034-241530-
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-
408 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017

.TODAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET
IN A NORTHWEST TO NORTH SWELL...SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET IN THE
AFTERNOON.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR
LESS.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST TO
NORTHWEST AND INCREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
BUILDING TO 1 TO 2 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING TO
NEAR 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET...BUILDING TO 2 TO
4 FEET.
.SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS EARLY...DECREASING
TO NEAR 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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BWC



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