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FXUS62 KKEY 261539
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
1039 AM EST FRI DEC 26 2014

.DISCUSSION...
CURRENTLY - HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED
STATES IS GENERATING GENTLE NORTH TO NORTHEAST BREEZES ACROSS THE
KEYS AND SURROUNDING WATERS. SKIES REMAIN A MIX OF PARTLY TO MOSTLY
CLOUDY DUE TO A SATURATED LAYER JUST ABOVE A SHALLOW BOUNDARY LAYER.
AN ASSOCIATED DISSIPATING BAND OF LIGHT RAIN EXTENDS FROM THE UPPER
KEYS...INTO THE OUTER STRAITS OFF OF THE DRY TORTUGAS. TEMPERATURES
ARE CLIMBING THROUGH THE LOWER 70S WITH DEW POINTS IN THE UPPER 60S.

SHORT TERM UPDATE (THIS AFTERNOON) - LOWER LEVEL RIDGING WILL BECOME
ALIGNED EAST WEST ACROSS THE KEYS...AND LOWER LEVEL MOISTURE WILL
LIFT NORTH OF OUR AREA...TAKING MOST CLOUD COVER WITH IT.
MEANWHILE...THE SURFACE HIGH WILL BUILD SLIGHTLY EASTWARD FORCING
LIGHT TO GENTLE LOCAL WINDS NORTHEAST TO EAST. INCREASING SUNSHINE
AND A QUICKLY MODERATING ENVIRONMENT WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO NUDGE
NEAR 80 DEGREES...WHILE DEW POINTS SHOULD REMAIN IN THE UPPER 60S.
RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO ERODE...AND EVENTUALLY END. WILL UPDATE AS
NECESSARY TO REMOVE TRANSITIONAL WORDING.

&&

.MARINE...
GENTLE TO MODERATE NORTH TO NORTHEAST BREEZES WILL RELAX AND TURN
NORTHEAST TO EAST TODAY AS HIGH PRESSURE TO OUR NORTH BUILDS A BIT
FURTHER EASTWARD INTO THE ATLANTIC...AND SOUTH FLORIDA WARMS. NO
CAUTIONS OR ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT. THE ONGOING FORECAST IS ON
TRACK...AND WILL ONLY UPDATE TO ADJUST INITIAL TRANSITIONAL WORDING.

&&

.AVIATION...
VFR CONDS WILL PREDOMINATE TODAY WITH BKN CIGS AT
050-070...IMPROVING AFT 27/00Z. PATCHES OF HIGH MVFR CLOUDS WILL
ALSO BE POSSIBLE FOR BRIEF PERIODS OF TIME TODAY. WINDS WILL REMAIN
NORTHEASTERLY AND START TO TURN DUE EAST LATER THIS AFTERNOON. WIND
SPEEDS WILL BE AT 12 KNOTS OR LESS...SLOWING DOWN FEW KNOTS TONIGHT.

&&

.CLIMATE...
ON THIS DATE IN FLORIDA KEYS WEATHER HISTORY...IN 1876...THE MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURE OF 87 DEGREES AT KEY WEST MARKS THE LAST OF A 4-DAY
STRETCH OF DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WHICH STILL STANDS
TODAY...138 YEARS LATER.

&&

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

$$

PUBLIC/MARINE.........11
AVIATION/NOWCASTS.....KN
DATA COLLECTION.......PARKE

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