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FXUS62 KKEY 031953
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
253 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

.DISCUSSION...
EASTERLY BREEZES HAVE PICKED UP JUST A BIT DURING THE LAST FEW
HOURS...WHILE SKIES REMAIN MOSTLY SUNNY ACROSS THE FLORIDA KEYS. ONLY
A FEW SHALLOW CUMULUS CLOUDS ARE DRIFTING EAST TO WEST ACROSS THE
AFTERNOON SKY. LOCAL RADARS REMAIN FREE OF PRECIPITATION ECHOES
THANKS TO DEEP RIDGING AND PLENTY OF DRY AIR ALOFT. CURRENT AIR
TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE FLORIDA KEYS ARE NEAR 80F...WITH DEWPOINT
TEMPERATURES MOSTLY IN THE UPPER 60S.

THE FAIR AND FINE WEATHER PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR THE MOST
PART SEVERAL MORE DAYS AS A DEEP...LARGE-SCALE RIDGE REMAINS THE
DOMINANT FORCE IN THE LOCAL WEATHER PATTERN...WITH THE POLAR FRONT
AND STORM TRACK REMAINING FAR TO THE NORTH. GRADIENT FLOW SHOULD
MAXIMIZE TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY WITH A PERIOD OF LIGHTER BREEZES
WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY...AND MODERATE EASTERLY BREEZES AND
ONLY A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THIS WEEKEND.
&&

.MARINE...
A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR INCREASING WINDS AND SEAS IN
THE STRAITS OF FLORIDA. SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION IN HAWK
CHANNEL...FLORIDA BAY...AND THE EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO
INSIDE FIVE FATHOMS. A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED OVER THE
NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES WILL MOVE EASTWARD OVER THE WESTERN NORTH
ATLANTIC THIS EVENING. THE ASSOCIATED RIDGE AXIS WILL SETTLE
SOUTHWARD OVERNIGHT...REACHING THE FLORIDA PENINSULA WEDNESDAY AND
THURSDAY. THEREAFTER...THE RIDGE AXIS WILL RETREAT OFFSHORE OVER THE
ATLANTIC.
&&

.AVIATION...
VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL AT THE ISLAND TERMINALS OVERNIGHT.
SURFACE WINDS WILL BE OUT OF THE EAST TO EAST SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15
KNOTS...WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS NEAR 20 KNOTS.
&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
KEY WEST  74  83  75  83 / -  -  -  -
MARATHON  74  85  75  85 / -  -  -  -
&&

.KEY WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
FL...NONE.
GM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR INCREASING WINDS/SEAS
     GMZ052-GMZ053-GMZ054-GMZ055-GMZ072-GMZ073-GMZ074-GMZ075.
&&

$$

PUBLIC/MARINE.........KASPER
AVIATION/NOWCASTS.....11
DATA COLLECTION.......VICKERY

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