And now, a word from the National Weather Service, Key West:
April has been warmer and muggier than usual, with no really big winds since the first week of the month. It also has been dry, with only 0.11″ of rainfall at Key West and 0.03″ in Marathon, although that may change today and tomorrow, with some slightly higher rain and thunder chances.
I wanted to provide you with an update on few things happening with the Florida Keys National Weather Service during the next month or so.
** First, the “Hurricane Hunters” are coming to Marathon for the first time in years! Two aircraft (an Air Force WC-130J and a NOAA G-IV jet) will be at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport on Friday, May 8, 2015, and the public is invited to stop by between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT, with pilots and crew available, as well as meteorologists from both the National Hurricane Center and the Florida Keys National Weather Service. For additional details, check out the following links:
** Next, “National Safe Boating Week” is coming up May 16-22, immediately preceded by “National Wear Your Life Jacket To Work Day” on May 15. This is always a good time to remind folks of the importance of safe boating, including always checking the weather before heading out, filing a float plan, having a sober skipper, wearing your life jacket, operating a safe vessel, and following appropriate navigational rules.
Here is the Coast Guard’s safe boating web site, for your reference:
** Finally, the “H” season is not far away, beginning on June 1. Attached is a PDF document (20150326_pa_2015seasonChanges) highlighting some changes to National Hurricane Center products, including a new potential storm surge flood map, adjustments to the Tropical Weather Outlook, and a smaller forecast track error “cone”. It’s never too early to dust off your hurricane/disaster preparedness plans, and make any updates or improvements. If you do not have a hurricane plan, and you live, work, or play in the Florida Keys, it’s time to get one!
For more information on hurricane preparedness, check out these links:
Thanks for your time, and have a great spring!
Kennard “Chip” Kasper
Senior Forecaster-Marine Program Meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service
1315 White Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Mobile: (305) 304-6712
Office: (305) 295-1316
FAX: (305) 296-2011
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED