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FXUS62 KKEY 190332
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
1032 PM EST THU DEC 18 2014

.DISCUSSION...
CURRENTLY - WEAK SURFACE RIDGING REMAINS OVER FLORIDA...RESULTING IN
LIGHT MAINLY NORTHEAST BREEZES ACROSS THE KEYS AND SURROUNDING
WATERS. WINDS ARE BACKED NORTH TO NORTHEAST ACROSS THE NEARSHORE
GULF AND BAY SIDE WATERS...AND VEERED NORTHEAST TO EAST OVER THE
FLORIDA STRAITS. MODERATION CONTINUES...AND TEMPS AND DEW POINTS
TEMPERATURES ARE NOW IN THE MID 60S. LOW LEVEL RIDGING REMAINS NEAR
THE KEYS...AND THIS EVENINGS SOUNDING INDICATED CONSIDERABLE DRY AIR
THROUGH THE MID LEVELS...WITH A THICK STABILIZING LAYER. SKIES HAVE
BEEN PARLY CLOUDY OVER PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE AND UPPER KEYS KEYS AND
SURROUNDING WATERS DUE TO SOME STRATOCUMULUS THAT FOUND ITS ROOTS IN
SOUTH FLORIDA SEA BREEZE. OTHERWISE...SKIES ARE MOSTLY CLEAR WITH NO
PRECIPITATION DETECTED.

SHORT TERM UPDATE (OVERNIGHT) - WEAK RIDGING WILL REMAIN OVER FLORIDA
AND THE KEYS...KEEPING A WEAK NORTH TO NORTHEAST FLOW ACROSS THE
KEYS. DESPITE CLEARING SKIES AND WEAK FLOW...TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE
ABLE TO FALL ONLY A COUPLE MORE DEGREES DUE TO SLIM DEW POINT
DEPRESSIONS IN PLACE ALREADY. STABLE CONDITIONS PRECLUDES MENTION OF
POPS. NO CHANGES NECESSARY FOR THE LOCAL FORECAST.

&&

.MARINE...
LIGHT WINDS WILL REMAIN ACROSS KEYS WATERS DUE TO RIDGING OVER
FLORIDA AND THE KEYS. WINDS WILL TEND TO BE BACKED OVER THE NEARSHORE
GULF AND BAY SIDE WATERS...AND VEERED OVER THE FLORIDA STRAITS. THE
ONGOING FORECAST IS ON TRACK...AND LITTLE CHANGE WILL BE MADE IN THE
EVENING MARINE UPDATE.

&&

.AVIATION...
VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL AT EYW AND MTH TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.
SUSTAINED NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS OF 10 TO 15 KNOTS EXPECTED FROM
JUST OFF THE SURFACE TO ABOUT 3000 FEET.

&&

.CLIMATE...
ON THIS DATE IN FLORIDA KEYS WEATHER HISTORY...IN 1880...THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE IN KEY WEST WAS 87 DEGREES. THIS SET THE DAILY RECORD
FOR MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE MEASURED IN KEY WEST ON DECEMBER 18TH...A
RECORD WHICH STILL STANDS 134 YEARS LATER. TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT
KEY WEST DATE BACK TO 1872.

&&

.KEY WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
FL...NONE.
GM...NONE.
&&

$$

PUBLIC/MARINE.........11
AVIATION/NOWCASTS.....BS

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