The Florida Sea Base is very blessed to have a dear friend in Chip Kasper, Senior Marine Weather Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Key West.  Chip sent this email yesterday:

Hi everyone,
Wind and weather will change quickly during the next 48 hours (through Thursday morning), with a potent, but short-lived northeast blow, some rain, and a few stronger squalls and thunderstorms expected.  Wind and sea likely will subside abruptly Wednesday night and Thursday.  However, a rare, long-period (10-12 second) north-northeast swell will migrate into the Straits off the upper Florida Keys during the Wednesday night-Friday time frame.
Small Craft Advisories are already in effect for all marine zones adjoining the Florida Keys.  Northeast breezes will freshen this afternoon, reaching a steady 25 knots tonight, with frequent gusts near 30 knots possible for a few hours amid rain and building sea.  Attached is a graphic from our experimental Nearshore Wave Prediction System, valid at 7:00 a.m. EST, Wednesday, January 6.  Note significant wave heights exceeding 10 feet in the Gulf Stream between the middle/upper Keys and the Cay Sal Bank.  Conditions will improve rapidly on Thursday.
Please consult the following sources for additional information pertaining to Florida Keys marine weather:
Florida Keys Coastal Waters Forecast:
Hourly Weather Graphs for Florida Keys Marine Locations:
Nearshore Wave Prediction System output:
Best Regards,
Chip K.
Kennard “Chip” Kasper
Senior Forecaster-Marine Program Meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service
1315 White Street
Key West, Florida 33040

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As I was writing this post last night, the wind was howling and the boats were dancing in their slips at the Florida Sea Base.  Maybe this will pass in another 24 hours or so.

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John Green, BSA High Adventure Group Leader, and many other members of the National High Adventure Division arrive for a few days in paradise today.  What a welcome Mother Nature has in store.  Still, I am sure they will have very productive meetings and make plans to make the best group within the BSA even better.

Don’t get used to this flurry of posts.  The weather is holding me hostage and without TV or a companion, I find writing these posts is the only way I can keep from talking to myself.

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Director of All Things Scuba – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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