Coastal Waters Forecast
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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA KEYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
1028 PM EST TUE MAR 3 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.

GMZ005-040930-
SYNOPSIS FOR KEYS COASTAL WATERS FROM OCEAN REEF TO DRY TORTUGAS
1028 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

.SYNOPSIS...THE RIDGE AXIS OF A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED
OVER THE WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC WILL SETTLE SOUTHWARD
OVERNIGHT...REACHING THE FLORIDA PENINSULA WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.
THIS RIDGE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OUT TO SEAS THURSDAY NIGHT AND
FRIDAY.

THE APPROXIMATE SHOREWARD EDGE OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF MARCH 2...

37 NM SOUTH OF DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT...ON LOGGERHEAD KEY.
33 NM SOUTH OF COSGROVE SHOAL LIGHT...OFF THE MARQUESAS KEYS.
35 NM SOUTH OF SAND KEY LIGHT...OFF KEY WEST.
 8 NM SOUTH OF LOOE KEY...OFF BIG PINE KEY.
13 NM SOUTH OF SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT...OFF MARATHON.
10 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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GMZ031-040930-
FLORIDA BAY INCLUDING BLACKWATER SOUND, BUTTONWOOD SOUND, AND
BARNES SOUND-
1028 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION...

.OVERNIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
CHOPPY.
.WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.THURSDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS DEVELOPING.
.FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ032-035-040930-
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-
1028 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

.OVERNIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS AND GUSTY. SEAS 1
TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP TO CHOPPY.
.WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.THURSDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 2
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS DEVELOPING.
.FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS.
NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ042>044-040930-
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-
1028 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

...SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION...

.OVERNIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO
4 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
.WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS
2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.
.THURSDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP.
.THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 1 TO 3
FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A LIGHT TO MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS
DEVELOPING.
.FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS
1 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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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-
1028 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT...

.OVERNIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 7
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
.WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
.THURSDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET.
.THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS DEVELOPING.
.FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS
3 TO 5 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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GMZ033-034-040930-
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-
1028 PM EST TUE MAR 3 2015

.OVERNIGHT...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET.
.WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS
3 TO 4 FEET.
.THURSDAY...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET.
.THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3
FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS DEVELOPING.
.FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS NEAR 15
KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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