Divers Report: Divers Dip into Calm Waters

Divers Report: Divers Dip into Calm Waters

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administrations National Buoy Data Center

A weak ridge of high pressure will gradually lift northward this weekend.

The approximate shoreward edge of the Gulf Stream (at time of publication)

18 NM South of Dry Tortugas on Loggerhead Key
  5 NM South of Cosgrove Shoal Light off the Marquesas Keys
  4 NM South of Sand Key Light off Key West
  8 NM South of Looe Key off Big Pine Key
12 NM South of Sombrero Key Light off Marathon
9 NM Southeast of Alligator Reef Light off Islamorada
5 NM Southeast of Molasses Reef Light off Key Largo
8 NM East of Carysfort Reef Light Off Ocean Reef

Gulf Stream information courtesy of the Naval Oceanographic Office

Florida Bay
FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY

East to Southeast Winds 10 – 15 Knots
Bay Waters a light to moderate Chop. Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms

SUNDAY AND MONDAY
East to Southeast Winds 10 – 15 Knots. Bay Waters a light to moderate chop. Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms.

Ocean Reef to Craig Key out 20 NM
Craig Key to the West End of the 7 Mile Bridge out 20 NM
West end of the 7 Mile Bridge to Key West out 20 NM
Ocean Reef to Craig Key 20 – 60 NM Out
Craig Key to the West End of the 7 Mile Brdige 20 – 60 NM
West End of the 7 Mile Bridge to Key West 20 – 60 NM Out
Key West to 20 NM West of Dry Tortugas out 60 NM

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY
Mainly East Winds near 14 knots. Seas Beyond the Reef 3 to 5 feet… Except higher in the Gulf Stream. Seas inside the reef around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop. Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY
East to Southeast Winds 10 – 15 Knots
Seas beyond the Reef 2 to 4 feet. Seas inside the Reef 1 – 2 feet. Nearshore Waters a light to moderate chop. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Gulf Side of the Lower Keys Out 20 NM
Gulf Waters from East Cape Sable to Chokolosokee 20 to 60 NM Out

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY
Mainly East Winds 10 – 15 Knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop. Isolated Showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY
East to Southeast Winds 10 – 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop. Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms.

Temperatures on land are hovering right around 91°
Heat Index 103°
Visibility: 10 Miles
UV 16 out of 16

According to Brent McKee with Innerspace Diver Center in Big Pine, “Summer in the Keys brings good visibility and big underwater animals. Book in advance to secure your place on a boat.”

This weekend marks the 25th Annual Underwater Music Festival. Tunes from the Beatles are going to rock the Florida Keys Reef, 40 years after the release of Yellow Submarine. We hope to see you amongst the estimated 600 divers and snorkelers who’ve already booked their boat. If you can’t join the finned fans, you can always tune in to WWUS 104.1 FM Radio, and immerse yourself in next week’s Dive Report, which in addition to rocking it out on the trom-bonefish, will include tips to enjoy the ocean while minimizing impact on the marine environment.

What are you waiting for? The Vandenberg has been sunk, this weekend marks the 25th Annual Underwater Music Festival in the Lower Keys, and in Key Largo, Captain Slate dives in with two boat loads every week to watch him feed the Barracuda with Ballyhoo hanging from his mouth! Go see Michael Walker at the Greene Street Divers Direct. He’ll get you outfitted in everything you need for an ocean adventure. Michael

 

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