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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
430 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.

GMZ005-040230-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
430 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.SYNOPSIS...HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC WILL SHIFT
EASTWARD AWAY FROM FLORIDA AS A TROUGH SLIPS SOUTHEASTWARD INTO
FLORIDA BY WEDNESDAY.

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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GMZ031-040230-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BARNES SOUND, BLACKWATER SOUND, AND
BUTTONWOOD SOUND-
430 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.TONIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH LATE. BAY
WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
DEVELOPING.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS EARLY...BECOMING WEST NEAR
15 KNOTS LATE. BAY WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
MORNING...BECOMING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN
THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS CHOPPY.
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS...BECOMING ISOLATED
SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS EARLY...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...VARIABLE WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT
CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

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GMZ032-035-040230-
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 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.TONIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH LATE. SEAS
1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS...BUILDING TO 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...BECOMING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS...BECOMING ISOLATED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING
NORTHWEST AND DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2
TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15
KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS NEAR 5 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHEAST
EARLY IN THE MORNING. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS
SMOOTH.
.SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS.
SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.

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GMZ042>044-040230-
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 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.TONIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH LATE. SEAS
AROUND 1 FOOT. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING TO NEAR
15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING
A MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20
KNOTS...INCREASING TO NEAR 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS BUILDING TO 2 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING ROUGH. SCATTERED SHOWERS
AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS
EARLY...DECREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS CHOPPY...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO
2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE
WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1
FOOT OR LESS. NEARSHORE WATERS SMOOTH TO A LIGHT CHOP.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-040230-
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 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.TONIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH. SEAS 1 TO
3 FEET. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR DEVELOPING SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST AND
INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET...BUILDING TO 4
TO 6 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 7 FEET.
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO
6 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO
5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5
FEET.
.SATURDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4
FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5
FEET.

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GMZ033-034-040230-
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 PM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.TONIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH LATE. SEAS
1 TO 2 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
.WEDNESDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS EARLY...INCREASING TO NEAR
20 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 3 FEET...BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...BECOMING
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...DECREASING TO 15
TO 20 KNOTS LATE. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS.
.THURSDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTH WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE EVENING.
.SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS NEAR 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 3 FEET.
.SUNDAY......EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2
FEET.

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