Coastal Waters Forecast
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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
430 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

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.

GMZ005-251530-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
430 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

.SYNOPSIS...A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL CLEAR OUR ENTIRE AREA LATE THIS
MORNING...BEFORE BECOMING STATIONARY BETWEEN ANDROS ISLAND AND THE
BAHAMAS. THIS FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL LIFT BACK NORTHWARD INTO THE
FLORIDA PENINSULA FRIDAY. MEANWHILE...AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER
THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES WILL SLIDE INTO THE WESTERN ATLANTIC
OCEAN THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF DECEMBER
22...

24 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
12 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
 8 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
 1 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY LIGHT...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
LESS THAN 1 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
 6 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
 1 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
 5 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-251530-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
430 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

.TODAY...NORTH WINDS INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS...THEN MOSTLY NORTH
10 TO 15 KNOTS THIS AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE
AFTERNOON.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT.
.SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ032-035-251530-
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-
430 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION...

.TODAY...NORTH WINDS INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS THIS
MORNING...THEN NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP TO CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS
IN THE MORNING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
ISOLATED SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT.
.SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS
10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO
MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ042>044-251530-
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-
430 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION...

.TODAY...WINDS BECOMING NORTH AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS THIS
MORNING...THEN NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET...WITH THE HIGHEST SEAS WEST OF EASTERN DRY ROCKS. NEARSHORE
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP TO CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE
MORNING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS FRIDAY
NIGHT.
.SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-251530-
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-
430 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

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

.TODAY...WINDS BECOMING NORTH AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20
KNOTS...THEN NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS BUILDING
TO 3 TO 6 FEET...WITH THE HIGHEST SEAS WEST OF WOODS WALL WEST
CRACK. SCATTERED SHOWERS THIS MORNING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND GUSTY.
SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT.
.SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.

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GMZ033-034-251530-
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-
430 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION...

.TODAY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS EARLY.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6
FEET...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET
EARLY...SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT.
.SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO
15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.

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