NWS Customer Survey

Enhanced Coastal Waters Forecast for South Florida

Weather Forecast Office Miami, Florida


The National Weather Service is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction. As part of this effort, we are asking our marine customers to take a moment and complete a brief survey regarding a new approach with an Experimental Enhanced Coastal Waters Forecast that will now include additional wave heights across the south Florida Gulf and Atlantic marine areas out to 60 nautical miles. All feed-back will be evaluated by the NWS to enhance our efforts toward customer service excellence. Thank you in advance for your assistance.


1. New Product Description: 

The NWS Miami Forecast Office Experimental Enhanced Coastal Waters Forecast (CWF) with additional wave height forecasts will now include the "average highest 10 percent of possible wave heights observed at sea".




NOTE: In the example above, the inclusion of the average highest 10 percent of wave heights has been accounted for in the phrase "WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 9 FEET POSSIBLE". Traditionally, the NWS Coastal Waters Forecast only accounts for a range of the expected significant wave heights or the average height of the highest 1/3 of the waves a boater will observe while at sea ("5 TO 7 FEET" in the example above). Provided our mission to protect life and property, we feel that it is critically important that decision makers are made aware of the occasionally higher seas observed at sea, especially for those operating small craft.



2. You can access the Coastal Water Forecasts from WFO Miami by doing the following:



  • Go to http://weather.gov/miami and click over any of the coastal waters adjacent to South Florida
    in the map that looks like this:

Or Simply follow this link: http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=MFL&issuedby=MFL&product=CWF&format=CI&version=1&glossary=0




3. Example Graphical Displays of a typical wave distribution observed at an arbitrary point:





 4. Provided these changes, please fill out the following survey and send us your feedback:


  * * Click Here to Complete the Survey * *



At the National Weather Service Office in Miami we strive to provide you with the best marine forecast possible in spite the absence of marine observations across our coastal waters, aside from an occasional ship report. Hence, your feedback and reports are of most importance to us. Your reports, comments and observations are greatly appreciated. The information you provide helps the National Weather Service provide better service to all our marine customers. You can contact our webmaster or send your comments to:




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