Florida Sea Base’s good friend Chip Kasper of the National Weather Service office in Key West sent the following email earlier this afternoon.

Hi everyone,

You can expect some rapid changes in wind velocity over the next 24 hours, with west winds dominating.

Breezes are laying down fast this afternoon across the Florida Keys coastal waters, and likely will slacken further to 5-10 knots for a time early this evening. However, an expansive, fast-moving low pressure system will move from the Ohio Valley to the western North Atlantic tonight through Monday. An associated cold front and wind surge will traverse the entire Gulf of Mexico during that time frame.

After a period of light and variable winds early this evening, a steady westerly breeze should ensue before midnight. The wind may even turn southwest for a time overnight. The big wind surge will come with due west winds during the morning hours on Monday, setting in first around the Dry Tortugas around 4:00 to 6:00 a.m., and spreading through the Keys, reaching the Cay Sal Bank by about noon. Winds will turn west-northwest during the day, with peak sustained winds near 25 knots Monday afternoon with some gusts around 30 knots. Northwest winds will lay down quickly Monday night into Tuesday, before surging again Tuesday night and Wednesday (more out of the north).

Please consult the following web links for additional details on expected winds and seas.

NWS Key West Marine Weather page:

Hourly Weather Graph for Selected Florida Keys Marine Locations:

Coastal Waters Forecast for the Florida Keys:

Best Regards,

Chip K.

Also in weather news, we have a lot of FSB staff, alumni and supporters in the NCY area.  If you are in New York City, get out!  What I heard on The Weather Channel sounds like winter storm Juno is worse than a billion atomic bombs.


I am feeling helpless in Texas.  Captain Brenda Mallory is going to check on Escape for me and add a line to the port stern cleat to help insure the westerly winds don’t blow the swim platform into the dock.  THANKS, BRENDA.

I am in the D/FW metroplex.  I’ll be going to bed very soon (hopefully no later than 8 pm) so I can be out of here no later than 2:45 am.  I have a 4.5 to 5 hour drive to SE Texas to accompany my dad to an 8 am dental appointment.  He is having implant surgery as a result of his osteoporosis.  I will spend the week with him.

Florida Sea Base Galley Manager Charles Wozny is learning to scuba dive in his spare time.  Captain Brenda is doing the honors.  Charles is fortunate to have her as an instructor.


I am sure the Florida Sea Base is very busy with conferences.  However, I no longer have access to the conference schedule and everyone at base is way too busy to take time to feed me information for the blog.

Stay warm, stay dry!

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED


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