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FXUS62 KKEY 270218

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Key West FL
1018 PM EDT Sun Mar 26 2017

Skies are mostly clear with temperatures averaging in the lower
70s along the island chain. Meanwhile, local radars are not
detecting any significant precipitation echoes in our county
warning area. Surface wise, a western Atlantic ridge axis is
draped across the Sunshine state, with mostly east winds near 15
knots or less on our coastal waters. Otherwise, our evening
sounding reveals limited moisture, a decoupled flow with east
winds backing to northeast before turning northwest to north above
500 mb.


.SHORT TERM...(Rest of tonight)
Deep layered ridging lying from the Gulf of Mexico will build
across the Florida peninsula, resulting in limited moisture along
with a decreasing low level trajectory. Hence, only nickle pops
will be kept for keys communities. Under mostly clear skies and
slackening east winds, temperatures will vary near to the lower
70s along the Florida Keys.


East winds of 15 knots will persist on Hawk channel and the
Florida Straits and 10 to 15 knots elsewhere.


VFR and gentle northeast to east breezes will prevail at the EYW and
MTH terminals through the forecast period.




Data Collection......DR

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