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Beach & Marine Forecast thru Jan 8

Winds over the marine area are still in the exercise caution range and the headline will be maintained for one more cycle.

Winds will drop below criteria during the late morning hours and will remain so through the weekend...only returning to 15 knots tonight.

Winds will pick up once again Sunday evening and remain elevated at cautionary levels...with brief periods of advisory winds...through Tuesday.

Forecast as of 3:47 am EST on January 4, 2013

Small craft exercise caution

Apalachee Bay-
Coastal Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl Out 20 Nm-
Coastal Waters From Ochlockonee River To Apalachicola Fl Out To
20 Nm-
Coastal Waters From Suwannee River To Keaton Beach Fl Out 20 Nm-

Today
Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots becoming north around 10 knots early in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet...lowest nearshore. Protected waters choppy becoming a light chop in the afternoon.

Tonight
Northeast wind around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.

Saturday
Northeast wind around 15 knots becoming 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop becoming smooth. A chance of rain.

Saturday Night
Northeast wind around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop. A chance of rain in the evening...then rain likely after midnight.

Sunday
North wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop. A chance of rain.

Sunday Night And Monday
Northeast wind around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet...lowest nearshore. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Monday Night
East wind 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late evening. Seas 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop increasing to choppy. A slight chance of showers after midnight.

Tuesday
East wind 15 to 20 knots becoming 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Protected waters choppy becoming a light to moderate chop. A chance of showers.


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