What Conditions Will Penny Palfrey Face For 103 Miles?

What Conditions Will Penny Palfrey Face For 103 Miles?

Today is Penny Palfrey’s press conference in Havana, Cuba. Tomorrow morning, she sets off on a 103-mile (166 km) solo journey across the Florida Strait to Florida.

The conditions she may face over the 40-60 hour swim – which appear quite favorable – are predicted as follows:

The water surface temperature is expected to be between 83-90°F (28-32°C)throughout the swim.

Friday
West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds. Intra-coastal waters a light chop. Isolated showers through the day.

Friday Night
Along the coast…west winds 7 to 12 knots. In the Gulf Stream…west southwest winds 11 to 16 knots becoming west northwest 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intra-coastal waters a light chop.

Saturday
Along the coast…west northwest winds 5 to 7 knots becoming south 9 to 14 knots in the afternoon. In the Gulf Stream… northwest winds 7 to 12 knots becoming south 11 to 16 knots in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Intra-coastal waters a light chop. Isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Saturday Night
Along the coast…west southwest winds 8 to 13 knots becoming west 5 to 8 knots. In the Gulf Stream…southwest winds 12 to 17 knots becoming west northwest 9 to 14 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intra-coastal waters a light chop.

Sunday
West winds 5 to 9 knots becoming east southeast 7 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas less than 2 feet. Intra-coastal waters a light chop. Isolated showers.

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