Author Topic: likely winds/wind direction in late March/early April in Florida keys  (Read 95 times)

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Offline bobbiedobbs

Planning on cycling from Florida City or Homestead to Key West and return in late March or early April. Any experience/advice on likely wind strength/conditions. Will be a factor in how many days I separately allocate for out and back.

Also, can you recommend a good starting point south of Miami (for instance Florida City?). Is there a bike path/lane the entire route and if not, safe riding?

I noticed lots of ride accounts - any recent or relatively recent recommendations?

Thx

Offline John Nettles

Re: likely winds/wind direction in late March/early April in Florida keys
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2021, 09:12:01 am »
Check out WeatherSpark.com as they have a great climate database for most places in the world.

Tailwinds, John

Offline canalligators

Re: likely winds/wind direction in late March/early April in Florida keys
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2021, 09:24:05 am »
John, that site is great!  It has all the climate data (not just wind) in an easy-to-read format.  Thanks!

Offline John Nettles

Re: likely winds/wind direction in late March/early April in Florida keys
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2021, 09:35:41 am »
Yeah, I really like it.  The only thing I would change is how on some charts (like wind direction), they use the "layered" approach.  I would prefer just a simple percentage chart as I have at times a hard time understanding it.

One thing I like is that you can drill down to the day and look at daily wind patterns, i.e. winds may be out of the NW between 1am and 8am but then swing around to the S between 9am and 3pm (riding time) before starting to swing back to the NW.  If you just read the "average" chart, it may show winds out of the NW most of the time but for riding purposes, it really is out of the S.

Tailwinds, John

Offline jcostanz

Re: likely winds/wind direction in late March/early April in Florida keys
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2021, 03:49:42 pm »
I have biked several times from Key Largo to Key West and back.  I remember the winds almost completely at my back on the way to Key West and head winds back, so out of the East to North East.

I have left my car at the Keys Visitor Center or Key Largo Visitor Center with permission when I did the trips.

If you are cycling from the mainland, The two options  using Card Sound Road, lower traffic but no shoulder or bike lane,  and US1, higher traffic but with a bike lane/shoulder.

While in the Keys, There is a paved trail for alot of the distance but it switches sides of US1 several times, some without warning.  It also ends several times at the old bridges that are closed, even after just appearing on the opposite side of the road.   Note the 7 mile bridge does have a wide shoulder/bike lane but is not divided between traffic and cyclists.  I have biked it 2 round trips on a recumbent trike without issue due to width of the trike.