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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
1023 AM EST THU FEB 23 2017

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.

GMZ005-240330-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
1023 AM EST THU FEB 23 2017

.SYNOPSIS...A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL STALL NEAR THE NORTHERN
BAHAMAS TODAY AND REMAIN IN PLACE OVERNIGHT AND FRIDAY...BEFORE
IT BEGINS TO MOVE TO THE NORTHEAST FRIDAY NIGHT. THEREAFTER...HIGH
PRESSURE WILL DOMINATE OUR WEATHER THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT
WEEK.


THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM CURRENT...AS OF
FEBRUARY 20TH...

36 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
21 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
20 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
25 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
21 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
11 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
 7 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
14 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
1023 AM EST THU FEB 23 2017

.THIS AFTERNOON...WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...INCREASING TO NEAR
15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING A
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHWEST TO
WEST LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS SMOOTH.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING TO 15
TO 20 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BAY WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
MODERATE CHOP.
.MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ032-035-240330-
BAYSIDE AND GULF SIDE 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-
1023 AM EST THU FEB 23 2017

.THIS AFTERNOON...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2
TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...DECREASING TO NEAR 10
KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING A LIGHT CHOP.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS
1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.
NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS
EARLY...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS
BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO
NEAR 10 KNOTS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A LIGHT CHOP.
.MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.

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GMZ042>044-240330-
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-
1023 AM EST THU FEB 23 2017

.THIS AFTERNOON...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2
TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS...INCREASING
TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS
EARLY...DECREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP.
.MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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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 HALFMOON SHOAL TO 20 NM WEST OF DRY
TORTUGAS 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-
STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM HALFMOON SHOAL TO 20 NM WEST OF DRY
TORTUGAS 20 TO 60 NM OUT-
1023 AM EST THU FEB 23 2017

.THIS AFTERNOON...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3
TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...DECREASING TO
NEAR 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
3 FEET.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS1 TO 3 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS
2 TO 3 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS
LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET...BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO
7 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6
FEET.
.MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO
5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ033-034-240330-
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-
1023 AM EST THU FEB 23 2017

.THIS AFTERNOON...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3
TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4
FEET.
.FRIDAY...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
.SATURDAY...VARIABLE WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS
EARLY...INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS BUILDING
TO 3 TO 4 FEET.
.SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO
5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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