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FXUS62 KKEY 281544

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Key West FL
1044 AM EST Tue Feb 28 2017

Sunny conditions are in place across the Florida Keys, with only
patchy cloud cover present across the Atlantic waters, and nearly
clear skies across the gulf waters. The KBYX radar is void of
precipitation echos. Temperatures are already in the upper 70s and
low 80s across the island chain, and dew points indicate a humid
airmass upon us, with readings in the low 70s. CWOP stations
across the Keys report southeast to east winds ranging from 5-10
mph with gusts up to 17 mph. CMAN stations report winds generally
out of the east at 10 to 20 knots. The buoy at Pulley Ridge
reports 3 ft seas.

The western axis of the Bermuda High will gradually weaken its
influence across Florida today, and a pronounced drop in the winds
will occur in response early Wednesday. The forecast remains on
track with highs approaching the mid 80s and lows tonight only
dropping to the mid 70s. Only dime POPS are necessary for the
forecast today and Wednesday, with chances of rain on the upswing
later this week.


A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for the Florida Straits.
Small craft should exercise caution across Hawk Channel. These
conditions will likely hold steady until Wednesday morning, with
winds slackening and creating pleasant conditions Wednesday and
Thursday. A Small Craft Advisory may be required for portions of
the coastal waters Friday and possibly through the weekend.


Expect VFR conditions at the KEYW and KMTH terminals this afternoon
into tonight. Few to scattered cumulus will have bases between FL020
and FL025. Winds will be out of the east to southeast sustained at
12 to 15 knots, gusting between 15 and 20 knots.


On this date in 1954, 4.04 inches of rain was measured in Key West.
This set the daily rainfall record for February 28 in the city.
Rainfall records for Key West date back to 1871.


GM...Small Craft Advisory until 11 AM EST this morning for GMZ052>055-



Data Collection......DR

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