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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
416 AM 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.

GMZ005-061530-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
416 AM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.SYNOPSIS...A COLD FRONT PRESENTLY POSITIONED FROM NORTH CENTRAL
FLORIDA SOUTHWEST TO THE SOUTH CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO WILL GRADUALLY SLIDE
SOUTHEASTWARD TONIGHT...BEFORE REACHING FROM SOUTH FLORIDA TO THE
SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE FRONT WILL REMAIN IN
PLACE SATURDAY BEFORE DISSOLVING BY LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
THEREAFTER...A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD EASTWARD FROM THE
SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES INTO THE WESTERN ATLANTIC SATURDAY THROUGH
TUESDAY NIGHT.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF MARCH 4...

47 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
35 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
32 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
12 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
12 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
17 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
15 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
 8 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-061530-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BLACKWATER SOUND, BUTTONWOOD SOUND, AND
BARNES SOUND-
416 AM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TODAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
NORTHEAST. BAY WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE EVENING...INCREASING
TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BAY WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT
CHOP...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO
15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ032-035-061530-
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-
416 AM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TODAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
NORTHEAST. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT
CHOP.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE EVENING...INCREASING
TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. PATCHY
FOG THIS EVENING. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND
GUSTY. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP TO CHOPPY.
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 THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO
15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ042>044-061530-
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-
416 AM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TODAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
NORTHEAST. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT
CHOP.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15
KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 FOOT BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET AFTER
MIDNIGHT. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A LIGHT
TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND
GUSTY. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP TO CHOPPY.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15
KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ052>054-072>074-061530-
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-
416 AM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TODAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
NORTHEAST TO EAST. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15
KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS
AND GUSTY. SEAS 3 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS AND GUSTY. SEAS 3 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ033-034-061530-
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-
416 AM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TODAY...EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING NORTHEAST. SEAS
AROUND 1 FOOT.
.TONIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE
EVENING...BECOMING NORTHEAST AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET. PATCHY FOG IN THE
EVENING. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS
3 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO
15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ055-075-061530-
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-
416 AM EST FRI MAR 6 2015

.TODAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
NORTHEAST TO EAST. WINDS BECOMING NORTHEAST AND INCREASING TO 10 TO
15 KNOTS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET...BUILDING TO 2 TO
4 FEET.
.TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING TO 15
TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET AFTER
MIDNIGHT. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS
4 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS AND GUSTY. SEAS 3 TO 6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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FUTTERMAN


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