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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
1002 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

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.

GMZ005-040830-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
1002 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.SYNOPSIS...A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN OVERNIGHT WILL GIVE WAY TO AN
APPROACHING TROUGH AND COLD FRONT ON WEDNESDAY. AS A RESULT...LIGHT
AND VARIABLE BREEZES WILL TURN SOUTH OVERNIGHT...THEN FRESHEN OUT OF
THE SOUTHWEST ON WEDNESDAY. WINDS AND SEAS WILL BE HIGHER IN AND NEAR
INCREASINGLY NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. A FEW STORMS MAY BE
STRONG WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. A WEAK...LATE-SEASON COLD
FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS FLORIDA KEYS COASTAL WATERS WEDNESDAY
NIGHT...WITH A FEW REINFORCING SHOTS OUT OF THE NORTHWEST AND NORTH
THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. THEREAFTER...A HIGH PRESSURE AREA WILL
MIGRATE EASTWARD...FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO TO THE WESTERN NORTH
ATLANTIC. THIS WILL ALLOW BREEZES TO TURN FROM NORTH TO EAST BY LATE
SUNDAY.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF MAY 3...

23 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
26 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
24 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
20 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
17 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
 9 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
 5 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
 2 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-040830-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
1002 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE REQUIRED WEDNESDAY EVENING...

.OVERNIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTHWEST. BAY
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING TO 15
TO 20 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP
EARLY...BECOMING CHOPPY IN THE AFTERNOON. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHWEST. BAY
WATERS ROUGH. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 10 TO 15
KNOTS BY MIDDAY...THEN INCREASING AGAIN LATE. BAY WATERS
CHOPPY...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING
NORTHWEST NEAR 5 KNOTS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. BAY WATERS A LIGHT
TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHEAST
AFTER MIDNIGHT. BAY WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO
15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ032-035-040830-
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-
1002 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE REQUIRED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...

.OVERNIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS LATE. SEAS LESS THAN 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE
WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
DEVELOPING LATE.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
SOUTHWEST TO WEST AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS AROUND
1 FOOT...BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET BY LATE AFTERNOON. NEARSHORE WATERS
A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY BY LATE AFTERNOON.
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN
WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
IN THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS AND GUSTY...
SHIFTING NORTHWEST. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS ROUGH. WINDS
AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN
THE EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND GUSTY.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT.. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ042>044-040830-
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-
1002 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE REQUIRED WEDNESDAY EVENING...

.OVERNIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS
SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING
LATE.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
SOUTHWEST TO WEST AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET EARLY...BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET BY LATE AFTERNOON. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP...BECOMING CHOPPY BY LATE AFTERNOON.
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN
WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
IN THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS AND GUSTY...
SHIFTING NORTHWEST. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS ROUGH. WINDS
AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN
THE EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND GUSTY.
SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS INCREASING TO 15 TO 20
KNOTS. SEAS BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS BECOMING
CHOPPY.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-040830-
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-
1002 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE REQUIRED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...

.OVERNIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER
IN AND NEAR DEVELOPING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING
SOUTHWEST TO WEST AND INCREASING TO NEAR 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET EARLY...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET BY LATE AFTERNOON. SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN WINDS AND
SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS...SHIFTING
NORTHWEST. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET...BUILDING TO 4 TO 7 FEET. WINDS AND SEAS
HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS LATE.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND GUSTY.
SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
.SATURDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS INCREASING TO 15 TO 20
KNOTS. SEAS BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET.

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GMZ033-034-040830-
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-
1002 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE REQUIRED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...

.OVERNIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS. ISOLATED SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING LATE.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS EARLY...
BECOMING SOUTHWEST TO WEST AND INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KNOTS LATE IN
THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET EARLY...BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET BY
LATE AFTERNOON. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING.
WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
IN THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS AND GUSTY...SHIFTING
NORTHWEST. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET...BUILDING TO 5 TO 8 FEET. WINDS AND SEAS
HIGHER IN AND NEAR NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
EVENING...THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS EARLY...
DECREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 7 FEET SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 6
FEET IN THE AFTERNOON. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...DECREASING
TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
.SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTHEAST.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET.

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KASPER



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