Coastal Waters Forecast
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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

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.

GMZ005-070330-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.SYNOPSIS...A COLD FRONT DRAPED ACROSS THE FLORIDA PENINSULA WILL
GRADUALLY SLIDE SOUTHEASTWARD TONIGHT...REACHING SOUTH FLORIDA AFTER
MIDNIGHT. THE FRONT WILL REMAIN IN PLACE SATURDAY BEFORE DISSOLVING
LATE SATURDAY NIGHT. A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD EASTWARD
FROM THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES INTO THE WESTERN ATLANTIC SUNDAY
THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF MARCH 6...

61 NM S OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
14 NM S OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
 8 NM S OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
11 NM S OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
12 NM S OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
11 NM SE OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
11 NM SE OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
 7 NM E OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-070330-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BLACKWATER SOUND, BUTTONWOOD SOUND, AND
BARNES SOUND-
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TONIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...INCREASING TO 10
TO 15 KNOTS LATE. BAY WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 10 TO 15
KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
BAY WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ032-035-070330-
BAYSIDE AND GULFSIDE 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-
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TONIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...INCREASING TO
NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. PATCHY FOG IN THE
EVENING. ISOLATED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.SATURDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 10
KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
A MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS
AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1
FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.

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GMZ042>044-070330-
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-
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TONIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...INCREASING TO
NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO 15
KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING
A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15
TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.

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GMZ052>054-072>074-070330-
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 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-
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...INCREASING TO NEAR 15
KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15
TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ055-075-070330-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM HALFMOON SHOAL TO 20 NM WEST OF DRY
TORTUGAS OUT 20 NM-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM HALFMOON SHOAL TO 20 NM WEST OF DRY
TORTUGAS 20 TO 60 NM OUT-
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FOR INCREASING WINDS...

.TONIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...INCREASING TO
15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET...BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 6
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO
20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ033-034-070330-
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-
423 PM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FOR INCREASING WINDS...

.TONIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS...INCREASING TO 15
TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET...BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET. PATCHY FOG
IN THE EVENING. ISOLATED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.SATURDAY...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 15
KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20
KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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