Expires 8:00 AM EDT on May 26, 2013
Statement as of 8:18 am EDT on May 25, 2013
... Rough boating conditions expected this Memorial Day weekend...
Rough boating conditions are expected at times over the Holiday
weekend across the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Inland Lakes across
west central and southwest Florida as strong high pressure builds
to the north of the Florida Peninsula.
Over the eastern Gulf waters... east to northeast winds between 15
and 20 knots early this morning will diminish to 10 to 15 knots
during this afternoon. However... the gusty winds will return this
evening with speeds increasing to around 20 knots with some higher
gusts and small craft advisories will likely be needed. The winds
will diminish once again late Sunday morning and afternoon with an
increase to exercise caution levels expected Sunday evening.
Seas will remain between 2 and 3 feet today then build to 3 to 5
feet away from the coast by late tonight... before subsiding to
2 to 3 feet once again by Sunday afternoon.
Over the Inland Lakes of west central and southwest Florida the
breezy east to northeast winds will occur during the late morning
into the early evening hours today. Winds on the lakes are expected
to be around 15 knots with gusts to near 25 knots at times.
Boaters venturing out into the eastern Gulf of Mexico as well as
those staying on the Inland Lakes this Memorial Day weekend should
prepare for rough conditions.