Wind,wind, and more wind!
Posted by Phil Ferro
The front that moved over us Wednesday, has basically fizzled out.
Much of the cool air has remained across Central and Northern Florida, with some areas by the Panhandle expecting near freezing temps. For us the cloud cover is acting as a blanket holding on to the daily heat and keeping us warm through the morning.
On Thursday, expect a few peeks at the sun with plenty of clouds and a few showers.
Our biggest impact will be in the form of windy conditions, rough surf, and high risk of rip current. I will be a dangerous stretch for beach goers and boaters alike. A Gale warning is in effect for much of the Keys through Thursday afternoon.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KEY WEST HAS ISSUED A GALE WARNING FOR THE COASTAL WATERS OF FLORIDA BAY...THE EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO...HAWK CHANNEL...AND THE STRAITS OF FLORIDA FROM OCEAN REEF THROUGH DRY TORTUGAS. * WINDS AND WAVES...NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 30 KNOTS WITH FREQUENT GUSTS OF 35 TO 40 KNOTS ARE EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. SEAS WILL REACH 8 TO 12 FEET IN THE STRAITS OF FLORIDA AND 8 TO 11 FEET IN THE EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO BEYOND FIVE FATHOMS. NEARSHORE WATERS WILL BE EXTREMELY ROUGH IN EXPOSED AREAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A GALE WARNING MEANS WINDS OF AT LEAST 34 KNOTS By Friday high pressure builds back in returning our temps back into the 80's. So much for this cold front.