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FXUS62 KKEY 031552

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Key West FL
1052 AM EST Sat Dec 3 2016

A pocket of showers has been favoring the Atlantic waters near the
Lower and Middle Keys, and extending further towards the Straits of
Florida. Breezes are fresh from the northeast to east, and
temperatures are near 80 degrees along the island chain. Broken cloud
cover has been flirting with the island chain, but more pronounced
breaks are currently in the vicinity of the Upper Keys.

The early morning local sounding sounding shows the easterly breezes
have deepened, stalling the weakening front in our vicinity. The
remnants will probably dissipate by early Sunday. Sent a zone update
a short while ago to remove transitional wind wording. But the amount
of cloud cover is going to be a nuisance today. Very early visibile
satellite images suggested it may be mostly cloudy for a number of
hours. More recent images suggest a decreasing trend. Will continue
to monitor, and another update would not be surprising based solely
on cloud cover, or lack thereof. A slight chance of showers was
maintained, and the remainder of the forecast was unchanged from the
early morning issuance.


A recently updated coastal waters forecast expanded the small craft
advisory to include the Gulf waters adjacent to the Middle Keys based
on the trend at LONF1. Expect an advisory for most of the waters
surrounding the Keys through at least Sunday, with moderating winds
anticipated through the first half of the work week.


VFR conditions will continue at both the Key West and Marathon
International Terminals through 04/12z. An old frontal zone is
meandering just south of the Keys Island Chain today, and northeast
to east winds will keep it to our south this evening and overnight.
There may be a few rounds of scattered to broken decks below 3000
feet, but these should be short lived with little or no impact to


On this date in Keys Weather History, 1978, the high temperature at
the Key West International Airport was 86 degrees and set the record
maximum for Key West on December 3rd. Temperature records for Key
West date back to 1872.


GM...Small Craft Advisory GMZ032>035-042>044-052>055-072>075.



Data Collection......Fling

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