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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
412 AM EST SUN FEB 26 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.

GMZ005-261530-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
412 AM EST SUN FEB 26 2017

.SYNOPSIS...AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE EASTWARD THROUGH
THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES TODAY. THIS AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE
WILL ENTER THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC OCEAN TONIGHT. AN ATLANTIC RIDGE
OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL EXTEND ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. THIS RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BEGIN TO
SHIFT SOUTHWARD TUESDAY.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM CURRENT...AS OF
FEBRUARY 25TH...

45 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
15 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
11 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
14 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
15 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
12 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
11 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
12 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-
412 AM EST SUN FEB 26 2017

.TODAY...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST TO EAST
AND INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS THIS AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15
KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHEAST AND DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. BAY
WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10
KNOTS...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. BAY WATERS
MOSTLY SMOOTH...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.

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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-
412 AM EST SUN FEB 26 2017

.TODAY...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST TO EAST
AND INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS AROUND 1
FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15
KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS AROUND 1
FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED
SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHEAST AND DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1
FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10
KNOTS...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS LESS THAN 1
FOOT...BUILDING TO AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS MOSTLY
SMOOTH...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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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-
412 AM EST SUN FEB 26 2017

.TODAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHEAST THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED
SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHEAST AND DECREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
AROUND 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10
KNOTS...INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET...BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT
CHOP...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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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-
412 AM EST SUN FEB 26 2017

.TODAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHEAST AND INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS 2
TO 4 FEET...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 7
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO
7 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS 15 TO 20
KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 6
FEET...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHEAST AND DECREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2
TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10
KNOTS...INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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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-
412 AM EST SUN FEB 26 2017

.TODAY...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST TO EAST
THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
.TONIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
.MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO
4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET...SUBSIDING TO AROUND 2 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY...SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHEAST AND DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1
TO 2 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10
KNOTS...INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS BY MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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