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FXUS62 KKEY 080924  
AFDKEY  
 
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL  
424 AM EST THU DEC 8 2022  
   
..NEW DISCUSSION, MARINE, AVIATION
 
 
   
DISCUSSION
 
 
ISSUED AT 425 AM EST THU DEC 8 2022  
 
IT HAS BEEN ANOTHER QUIET AND DRY NIGHT IN THE FLORIDA KEYS WITH  
TEMPERATURES HOLDING AROUND THE LOWER TO MID 70S ACROSS THE ISLAND  
CHAIN. THE SHALLOW SHOWERS FROM YESTERDAY EVENING ARE NOW  
SECLUDED TO THE EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN STRAITS OF FLORIDA WHERE THEY  
WILL CONTINUE TO DRIFT OUT OF OUR WATERS. WINDS ON OFFSHORE  
MARINE PLATFORMS CONTINUE TO HOLD STEADY AT AROUND 15 KNOTS OUT OF  
THE NORTHEAST DUE TO A RIDGE AXIS EXTENDING DOWN ACROSS FLORIDA  
FROM THE WESTERN ATLANTIC.  
 
THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE FORECAST REASONING WITH THIS PACKAGE.  
THE RIDGE CURRENTLY DRIVING OUR MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY FRESH  
NORTHEAST TO EAST BREEZES WILL START TO DECAY THURSDAY NIGHT AND  
INTO FRIDAY RESULTING IN SLACKENING WINDS ACROSS OUR CWA. A DEEP  
ANTICYCLONE CURRENTLY LOCATED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL STICK  
AROUND FOR THE WEEKEND. THIS WILL RESULT IN LIGHTER GENERALLY  
NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS THAT WILL PULL SOME OF MAINLAND'S DRIER  
AIR ACROSS OUR AREA KEEPING TEMPERATURES SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE  
WITH DEWPOINTS IN THE MID 60S AND POPS NEAR NIL INTO NEXT WEEK.  
 

 
   
MARINE
 
 
ISSUED AT 425 AM EST THU DEC 8 2022  
 
SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION IN THE STRAITS OF FLORIDA. FROM  
SYNOPSIS, A RIDGE AXIS ACROSS THE WESTERN ATLANTIC WILL PROMOTE  
MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY FRESH NORTHEAST TO EAST BREEZES TODAY AND  
TONIGHT ACROSS THE KEYS COASTAL WATERS. WINDS WILL BACK AND  
GRADUALLY SLACKEN AS THE RIDGE RELAXES THIS WEEKEND.  
 

 
   
AVIATION
 
 
(06Z TAFS)  
ISSUED AT 425 AM EST THU DEC 8 2022  
 
VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL AT THE EYW AND MTH THROUGH THURSDAY  
EVENING, WITH MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES AND NO SHOWER ACTIVITY EXPECTED.  
SURFACE WINDS WILL REMAIN FROM THE NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 7 TO 12  
KNOTS WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS UP TO 18 KNOTS.  
 

 
   
CLIMATE
 
 
ON THIS DAY IN KEYS' WEATHER HISTORY IN 1986, THE DAILY RECORD  
RAINFALL OF 6.66" WAS RECORDED IN KEY WEST. THIS IS ALSO THE  
WETTEST DAY EVER RECORDED IN DECEMBER. RAINFALL RECORDS FOR KEY  
WEST DATE BACK TO 1871.  
 

 
   
KEY WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES
 
 
FL...NONE.  
GM...NONE.  

 
 

 
 
PUBLIC/MARINE/FIRE...JAM  
AVIATION/NOWCASTS....JACOBSON  
DATA ACQUISITION.....JACOBSON  
 
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