I just have a few minutes.  I survived yesterday’s PADI Self-Reliant Diver training dives.  We have one more dive this morning and are hoping to leave  shortly after 08:00.

Saturday was a big check-in day; Five Coral Reef Sailing crews and one Sea Exploring crew.  Today we have six Coral Reef Sailing crews, one Sea Exploring crew, one Scuba Liveaboard crew, 2 Scuba Certification crews and five Scuba Adventure crews arriving.

We have a 40% chance of rain tonight and 20% Monday; not a great start to the week.  The marine conditions are forecast to be pretty bumpy for the week.

Synopsis…A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH THE FLORIDA KEYS LATE TONIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY MORNING. A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES WILL BUILD SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE FLORIDA PENINSULA MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…THEN PROGRESS SLOWLY EASTWARD THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

Today: South to southwest winds near 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. nearshore waters a moderate chop.
Tonight: Southwest to west winds near 15 knots…becoming northwest and increasing to 15 to 20 knots late. Seas around 2 feet…building to 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop…becoming choppy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Monday: Northwest to north winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters choppy. Isolated showers.
Monday Night: North winds near 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters rough.
Tuesday: North winds near 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters rough.
Tuesday Night: North winds near 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters rough.
Wednesday: North winds 15 to 20 knots…decreasing to near 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters choppy…becoming a moderate chop.
Wednesday Night Through Thursday Night: Northeast to east winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop.

But there is good news.  The wind should be from the north on the windiest days.  North winds have much less impact on the wave state on the reef than easterly winds.  So the week should not be a blow out.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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