REGISTRATION

The registration lottery for all Florida Sea Base, Brinton Environmental Center, Bahamas and USVI programs began on 15 January.  The lottery will close on 15 February.  Click HERE to begin the registration process.

CONFERENCES

The current session of Scouting U concludes on Sunday at the Florida Sea Base.  But not to worry, another session begins Monday.  In the meantime, the Brinton Environmental Center has been hosting a National Camp School that concludes on Tuesday.  Sometimes it is hard to tell, but under the leadership of Director of Program Tim Stanfill, the Florida Sea Base has been striving to reduce the number of adult conferences and filling that time with even more youth programs like STEM.

WEATHER

The Weather Channel, local and national news are all focused on winter storm Jonas.  Meanwhile, the Florida Keys are again ignored.  But at least a few non-Keys residents will now know, here we go again!

Hi everyone,

Another strong cold front will sweep through the Florida Keys and adjacent coastal waters Friday evening.  The front will be preceded by an occasionally rainy period from late tonight through Friday afternoon, and followed by the onset of strong to near-gale breezes blowing from the west and west-northwest.
The storm system which eventually will affect most of the U.S. East Coast with a variety of high-impact winter weather, is organizing this afternoon over the Deep South and northern Gulf of Mexico.  The system will both intensify and expand rapidly tonight through Friday night, as it migrates eastward, across the southeastern United States and adjacent Gulf and Atlantic coastal waters.
Fresh east breezes this evening will turn southeast overnight, with rain developing over much of the area by Friday morning.  Southerly winds Friday morning likely will undergo fits and starts around the Florida Keys, as channels of air accelerate into the developing storm system to our north.  A break in the rain is likely at some point Friday afternoon, before a band of squalls ahead of the oncoming front powers through Friday evening.  Rising west wind and building sea will proceed through Friday night.  Expect sustained west winds near 30 knots with occasional gusts reaching gale force.  Saturday is likely to be very windy and cooler, with a low overcast and occasional sprinkles.  Expect sustained west to northwest winds near 30 knots with occasional gusts reaching gale force.  As the large storm pulls away over the North Atlantic on Sunday, the wind is expected to diminish rapidly across Florida Keys coastal waters.  A residual westerly swell will persist through Monday, in the Gulf and lower Straits, while a long-period north-northeast swell develops in the Straits off the upper Keys by Tuesday.
Attached is an image of forecast significant wave height for 7:00 p.m. EST, Saturday (from our Nearshore Wave Prediction System).  Notice how the waves bend (refract) toward the Florida Reef tract and the Gulf-side flats.
For details on warnings, watches, advisories, wave heights, timing, and more, please consult the following information sources online:
Florida Keys Coastal Waters Forecast:
Hourly Weather Graphs for Florida Keys Marine Locations:
Nearshore Wave Prediction System output:
Smartphone widget:
Best Regards,
Chip K.
 Kennard “Chip” Kasper
Senior Forecaster-Marine Program Meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service
1315 White Street
Key West, Florida 33040

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Program Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Trying to stay warm in the Mother Country

 

 

 

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