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by Marv’s Weather Service
 
 HEADS UP - below are two of our 'crossing reports' in both ..
   our 'bar chart' format as well as..
   our 'dialog format' ..
   for additional crossing reports to the Bahamas check out our US East Coast - South tab ..
 
 

 Upper Crossing - Lake Worth to West End (in Gulf Stream) - 26.7º N / 79.5º W

Saturday 12/5
Morning

Light winds with a slight chop. Small long period swell.

Winds: WNW 6 to 9 knots

Seas: NE 2 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small long period swell.

Winds: W 3 to 4 knots

Seas: NE 2 feet at 10 seconds

Sunday 12/6
Morning

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small long period swell.

Winds: ENE 5 to 7 knots

Seas: NE 2 feet at 10 seconds

Afternoon

Light winds with a slight chop. Small long period swell.

Winds: SE 7 to 9 knots

Seas: NE 2 feet at 10 seconds

Monday 12/7
Morning

Very windy with large choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: SW 22 to 29 knots

Seas: SSW 5 feet at 5 seconds

Afternoon

Very windy with large choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: W 20 to 28 knots

Seas: SSW 5 feet at 6 seconds

 

Tuesday 12/8
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Moderate short period wind waves.

Winds: NW 19 to 26 knots

Seas: N 6 feet at 7 seconds

 

Afternoon

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Moderate short period wind waves.

Winds: NW 15 to 21 knots

Seas: N 6 feet at 8 seconds

 

Wednesday 12/9
Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: WNW 11 to 14 knots

Seas: N 4 feet at 8 seconds

 

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NW 12 to 16 knots

Seas: NNE 4 feet at 9 seconds

 

Thursday 12/10
Morning

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NNE 9 to 12 knots

Seas: NNE 3 feet at 7 seconds

 

Afternoon

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NE 6 to 8 knots

Seas: NNE 3 feet at 8 second

 
 
DATE
HOUR
4
2pm
4
8pm
5
2am
5
8am
5
2pm
5
8pm
6
2am
6
8am
6
2pm
6
8pm
7
2am
7
8am
7
2pm
7
8pm
8
2am
8
8am
8
2pm
8
8pm
9
2am
9
8am
9
2pm
WIND
RANGE
(knots)

 
gust
sust.
15
11
12
9
10
8
9
6
4
3
6
4
3
2
7
5
9
7
13
9
21
15
29
22
28
20
21
15
28
21
26
19
21
15
16
12
13
10
14
11
16
12
WIND DIRECTION
SE

SSE

S

WNW

W

ENE

ESE

ENE

SE

SSE

S

SW

W

NW

WNW

NW

NW

NNW

WNW

WNW

NW
WAVE
HEIGHTS
(ft)

 
MAX
AVG
4.1
3.2
3.6
2.8
3.4
2.6
2.9
2.3
2.6
2
2.5
1.9
2.4
1.9
3.2
2.5
3
2.3
2.6
2
3.5
2.7
6
4.6
7.1
5.4
5.9
4.6
6.8
5.2
8.4
6.5
8
6.1
6.8
5.2
5.3
4.1
5.1
3.9
5.4
4.1
PERIOD 11 11 11 10 10 11 11 10 10 10 5 5 6 5 5 7 8 8 7 8 9
PRIMARY DIRECTION
NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

NE

ESE

SSW

SSW

WNW

NNW

N

N

N

N

N

N
 
 

 Lower Crossing Miami to Bimini Bahamas (in Gulf Stream) - 25.7º N / 79.5º W

Saturday 12/5
Morning

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small long period swell.

Winds: SW 3 to 4 knots

Seas: NNE 1 feet at 11 seconds

Afternoon

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small long period swell.

Winds: NW 2 to 2 knots

Seas: NNE 1 feet at 12 seconds

Sunday 12/6
Morning

Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small long period swell.

Winds: ESE 4 to 6 knots

Seas: NNE 1 feet at 11 seconds

Afternoon

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: SSE 6 to 9 knots

Seas: N 1 feet at 7 seconds

Monday 12/7
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: SW 19 to 26 knots

Seas: SSW 4 feet at 5 seconds

Afternoon

Very windy with large choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: WSW 21 to 28 knots

Seas: SW 5 feet at 6 seconds

 

Tuesday 12/8
Morning

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NNW 18 to 24 knots

Seas: N 6 feet at 6 seconds

 

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NNW 15 to 20 knots

Seas: N 5 feet at 7 seconds

 

Wednesday 12/9
Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NW 11 to 15 knots

Seas: N 3 feet at 7 seconds

 

Afternoon

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NW 10 to 14 knots

Seas: N 3 feet at 8 seconds

 

Thursday 12/10
Morning

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: NNE 9 to 12 knots

Seas: NNE 3 feet at 7 seconds

 

Afternoon

Light winds with a slight chop. Small short period wind waves.

Winds: ENE 7 to 9 knots

Seas: NNE 2 feet at 6 seconds

 
 
DATE
HOUR
4
2pm
4
8pm
5
2am
5
8am
5
2pm
5
8pm
6
2am
6
8am
6
2pm
6
8pm
7
2am
7
8am
7
2pm
7
8pm
8
2am
8
8am
8
2pm
8
8pm
9
2am
9
8am
9
2pm
WIND
RANGE
(knots)

 
gust
sust.
14
10
10
8
10
7
4
3
2
2
5
3
4
3
6
4
9
6
9
7
17
12
26
19
28
21
20
15
27
20
24
18
20
15
14
10
13
9
15
11
14
10
WIND DIRECTION
ESE

ESE

SSE

SW

NW

ESE

ESE

ESE

SSE

SSE

SSE

SW

WSW

WNW

NW

NNW

NNW

NNW

NW

NW

NW
WAVE
HEIGHTS
(ft)

 
MAX
AVG
2.8
2.2
2.3
1.8
1.9
1.5
1.5
1.1
1.2
1
1.1
0.8
1
0.8
0.9
0.7
1.8
1.4
2
1.5
2.4
1.8
5
3.8
6.9
5.3
5.7
4.4
6.7
5.1
7.2
5.5
6.8
5.2
6.1
4.7
5
3.9
4.3
3.3
4.2
3.2
PERIOD 5 9 11 11 12 12 11 11 7 6 3 5 6 6 5 6 7 8 8 7 8
PRIMARY DIRECTION
NE

NNE

NNE

NNE

NNE

NNE

NNE

NNE

N

N

S

SSW

SW

SW

NW

N

N

N

N

N

N
 

 

Florida to Bahamas Gulf Crossing
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guidelines ..
 
the N component - if there is an N in the wind direction DO NOT make the crossing .. unless the winds are under 10 mph and the wind direction is out of the ENE or the WNW .. 
before your crossing - always watch the local weather for any local storm cells that may pop up .. do a final weather check before you head out .. ie local TV, WeatherBug, etc .. once you are underway if you feel it it is too rough you can always turn around and head back .. much better than getting beat up .. 
 
before your crossing - always watch the ‘local’ weather for any local storm cells that may pop up .. do a final weather check before you head out .. ie local TV, WeatherBug, etc .. once you are underway if you feel it it is too rough you can always turn around and head back .. much better than getting beat up .. 
before your crossing - always check out other weather websites ..
NOAA - https://www.noaa.gov
MarineWeather - https://marineweather.net
capeweather - https://www.capeweather.com/marine-forecast.html
WindFinder - https://www.windfinder.com/
Windy - https://www.windy.com/?26.608,-81.694,5
Buoyweather - http://www.buoyweather.com/
Marine Weather Center - Chris Parker - https://www.mwxc.com
PassageWeather - https://www.passageweather.com
WeatherBug - https://www.weatherbug.com
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rent an EPIRB or PLB - https://www.boatus.org/epirb/rentals/
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float plan - establish a float plan .. before you head out execute your float plan .. example http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/download/USCGFloatPlan.pdf ..
before your crossing - starting about two weeks before your anticipated crossing we recommend that you start watching our buoy weather crossing reports looking for weather trends etc and for planning the timing of your anticipated arrival at the Apalachicola / Carrabelle area .. 
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the morning of your crossing - check the ‘local’ weather one more time for any changes (isolated storm cells etc) .. and then you will be ready to stick your bow out .. if you feel that the conditions are ok for your boat and crew go for it .. if the conditions are NOT ok you can return and start planning for the next weather window ..
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definition
significant wave height - most all professional forecasts use 'significant wave height' .. it is the average of the one-third highest waves thus about half the waves will be bigger and half smaller .. the statistical distribution of wave heights follows a Poisson distribution (ie .. not a normal or "bell" curve) .. 10% of waves will be about 10% higher or more .. 1% of waves will be 50% higher or more .. 0.1% of waves will be 85% higher or more .. those numbers are for off shore locations .. in shallow waters the really big waves cannot develop ..” 
bumpy - wave heights above 1 foot to 2.5 feet ..
very bumpy - wave heights 2.5 feet to 3.5 feet ..
lumpy - same as bumpy except for a longer ‘per’ .. ie less chop and more rollers ..
doable - if the size and type of your craft is able to handle the wave heights and if your crew can handle the craft the seas will be doable ..
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