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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby RickI » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:48 pm

Yes, it is looking light from the long range forecast. If it is sunny, we can have thermal winds in early to mid afternoon to around sunset when they can suddenly turn off. They are rarely forecast and can be very patchy, one area has them while others in the area may not. The lower Keys may have lighter wind, 10 to 15 kts. east into Saturday but it is too far off to say with much certainty. Given the small land mass, the Keys usually don't have much strong thermal wind action. The good news/bad news is that temperatures are forecast to be summer-like absent a powerful cold front, approaching 29 C. I use the following for weather planning for kite sessions, hope things improve! http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=6734

Toby wrote:Looks like we will have a vacuum for next weekend :-(

Any change thermals can kick in not forecasted?

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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby dyyylan » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:44 am

Yup, I'm actually back to wearing just boardshorts again... got to love our random winters. I was sweating in my shorty yesterday.

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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby BigR » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:38 am

Yup, I'm actually back to wearing just boardshorts again... got to love our random winters. I was sweating in my shorty yesterday.
Statistically , over 35 years in Miami, you don't see sub 70 any more by mid Feb, unfortunately it is back
to 100% humidity and 80+ degrees by March......... (except for 2 days?)

Seen plenty of people wearing 3/2 or 4/3 wetsuits in the Gorge middle of July thru Aug.

Doesn't matter if the temps are 70 or 80 / 90, they still wear fullsuits religiously .
(I'm in boardshorts and rash guard) .
must be a Canadian thing

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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby matth » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:56 am

BigR wrote:
Yup, I'm actually back to wearing just boardshorts again... got to love our random winters. I was sweating in my shorty yesterday.
Statistically , over 35 years in Miami, you don't see sub 70 any more by mid Feb, unfortunately it is back
to 100% humidity and 80+ degrees by March......... (except for 2 days?)

Seen plenty of people wearing 3/2 or 4/3 wetsuits in the Gorge middle of July thru Aug.

Doesn't matter if the temps are 70 or 80 / 90, they still wear fullsuits religiously .
(I'm in boardshorts and rash guard) .
must be a Canadian thing

You have to dress for the water temp , not the air.
Here in Mass, the air temp can be 70degs, and water 40.( this would be a spring situation) .
That can be dangerous if you need to swim.

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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby RickI » Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:09 am

In Miami the open ocean water temperature doesn't drop below 70 F really per * The air temperature can drop much lower and adding in wind chill you can get real uncomfortable particularly with longer sessions. I have posted some low temperatures below on record for Miami in February, it can get real cold, relatively speaking, in strong cold fronts at times.

Right now, things are anything but cold but feel summer-like to me. Then again, there are no strong frontal winds in sight either, yet. Hope a few more make it this far south before the close of the season, they usually do.


* http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Sou ... mi/seatemp
matth wrote:
BigR wrote:
Yup, I'm actually back to wearing just boardshorts again... got to love our random winters. I was sweating in my shorty yesterday.
Statistically , over 35 years in Miami, you don't see sub 70 any more by mid Feb, unfortunately it is back
to 100% humidity and 80+ degrees by March......... (except for 2 days?)

Seen plenty of people wearing 3/2 or 4/3 wetsuits in the Gorge middle of July thru Aug.

Doesn't matter if the temps are 70 or 80 / 90, they still wear fullsuits religiously .
(I'm in boardshorts and rash guard) .
must be a Canadian thing

You have to dress for the water temp , not the air.
Here in Mass, the air temp can be 70degs, and water 40.( this would be a spring situation) .
That can be dangerous if you need to swim.
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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby Toby » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:43 am

oops, forgot my shorty now...let's see what comes!

Forecast looks awesome for Monday! I am leaving Miami on Monday... :roll:

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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby RickI » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:47 pm

You should be fine in whatever, there are no strong cold fronts forecast and it is unseasonably warm. Temperatures are forecast to have a high of 84 F (29 C). It looks like a weak front is passing through though on the weekend. Given all the direction changes, relative low wind speed in a short period of time, it is uncertain what will happen and when in my experience. So, you may still get some wind before your fly out, maybe. I would keep checking the NWS forecast and realtime wind reports. Good luck.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl/

http://www.ikitesurf.com/windandwhere.i ... meoffset=0
Toby wrote:oops, forgot my shorty now...let's see what comes!

Forecast looks awesome for Monday! I am leaving Miami on Monday... :roll:

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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby Toby » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:57 pm

thx Rick...lets hope!

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Re: Wetsuit for Miami in February?

Postby Toby » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:37 am

Luckily some wind came in the evening just before sunset. Just a quick 1 hr session to stay in shape.

I had just shorts and a tank top and it was a bit chilly when the sun was setting...a long arm lycra would have been fine.


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