Hi everyone,Small Craft Advisories have been posted for all Florida Keys marine zones, and the first significant wind surge of this autumn season will be underway later tonight. Northeast to east breezes which currently are sustained close to 20 knots will freshen further overnight and early Monday, with a sustained blow of 25-30 knots, and gusts occasionally approaching gale force (34 knots) during Monday afternoon and evening. These strong breezes will build seas quickly in deep water, with waves steepened and enhanced in the Gulf Stream. Attached is an image from our experimental Nearshore Wave Prediction System, showing significant wave height valid Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. or 2000 EDT. Note the sizable area with seas of 9-11 feet across the Straits of Florida and southeastern Gulf of Mexico.Peak winds and seas will occur from Monday afternoon through Monday night, with a gradual decrease in both wind and sea expected from Tuesday through Thursday.For the latest marine forecast details, please follow our updates online from any of the following sources:Hourly Weather Graphs:Florida Keys Coastal Waters Forecast (text):Smartphone Widget:Marine Weather Forecast Graphics:Best Regards,Chip K.
FSB Program Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™