Coastal Waters Forecast
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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
1035 PM EST THU FEB 26 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.

GMZ005-270930-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
1035 PM EST THU FEB 26 2015

.SYNOPSIS...A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH THE FLORIDA KEYS TONIGHT.
A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL PROGRESS EASTWARD THROUGH THE
EASTERN UNITED STATES FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...BEFORE ENTERING THE
WESTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN SUNDAY NIGHT. AN ATLANTIC RIDGE OF HIGH
PRESSURE WILL EXTEND ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA MONDAY THROUGH
TUESDAY NIGHT.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM CURRENT...AS OF
FEBRUARY 26TH...

50 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
26 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
22 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
 4 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
 1 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
 5 NM SOUTHEAST OF ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT...OFF ISLAMORADA.
 6 NM SOUTHEAST OF MOLASSES REEF LIGHT...OFF KEY LARGO.
 5 NM EAST OF CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT...OFF OCEAN REEF.

GULF STREAM INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.

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GMZ031-270930-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BLACKWATER SOUND, BUTTONWOOD SOUND, AND
BARNES SOUND-
1035 PM EST THU FEB 26 2015

.OVERNIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...BECOMING NORTH 10 TO 15
KNOTS. BAY WATERS BECOMING A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED
SHOWERS DEVELOPING.
.FRIDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
BAY WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS CHOPPY.
.TUESDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS CHOPPY.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS CHOPPY.

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GMZ032-035-270930-
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-
1035 PM EST THU FEB 26 2015

.OVERNIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS...SHIFTING TO NORTH AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A
LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
SEAS AROUND 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS
AROUND 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
.TUESDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS AROUND 2 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.

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GMZ042>044-270930-
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-
1035 PM EST THU FEB 26 2015

.OVERNIGHT...SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...SHIFTING TO NORTH AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A
LIGHT CHOP...BECOMING A MODERATE CHOP. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS
2 TO 4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
.TUESDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.

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GMZ052>055-072>075-270930-
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-
1035 PM EST THU FEB 26 2015

.OVERNIGHT...SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 KNOTS...SHIFTING TO NORTH AND
INCREASING TO NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS.
SEAS 4 TO 7 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS
5 TO 7 FEET.
.TUESDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 7 FEET.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 7 FEET.

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GMZ033-034-270930-
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-
1035 PM EST THU FEB 26 2015

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION...

.OVERNIGHT...WINDS BECOMING NORTH TO NORTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS
3 TO 4 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS
3 TO 5 FEET.
.TUESDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.

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