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National Weather Service Grand Rapids Michigan
328 PM EDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Latest update...
synopsis/short term/long term/marine

issued at 328 PM EDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Hazy hot and humid weather will continue for much of this week as a
persistent upper ridge remains entrenched over the Great Lakes.
Highs in the middle to upper 80s coupled with dewpoints around 70 will
feel more like early August usually does. Low chances for showers an
storms exist however but severe storms are not expected.


Short term...(this evening through Thursday night)
issued at 328 PM EDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Forecast concerns deal with minor chances for storms Wednesday night
through Thursday night.

Latest WV loop shows a well defined upper low spinning over central
Indiana. There has been persistent confection developing around the
low but all of it has remained south of the County Warning Area and will continue to
do so tonight. Abundant cape has developed over the County Warning Area with
mesoanalysis showing 3000 j/kg across the County Warning Area. However...with not
much of a kicker outside of the lake breeze there isn't enough lift
to take advantage of the instability. Instead...dewpoints will
remain high overnight and areas of fog are expected.

A short wave currently over northeast Nebraska will slowly move
toward eastern Wisconsin and then across Lake Michigan Wednesday
night and Thursday. After a dry day tomorrow isolated to scattered
storms are expected Wednesday night and Thursday as this wave moves
across. Clouds associated with the wave will likely hold highs in
the middle vs upper 80s Thursday. Short range models show this wave
very slow to move out of the County Warning Area so we/ll continue with low probability of precipitation
Thursday night too.

Long term...(friday through tuesday)
issued at 328 PM EDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Labor Day weekend will continue to feature unseasonably warm and
humid conditions along with a daily risk of a few pop up showers or
non severe thunderstorms.

Latest medium range guidance indicates that the shortwave which
comes into the state on Thursday stalls and actually becomes a weak
cutoff low over Michigan on Friday... underneath the building upper
ridge. This feature looks to lift back to the north Saturday and
gets absorbed with the stronger westerlies over Canada due to
developing south flow aloft around a strengthening upper high center
over New York. However additional weak vorticity maxima are sent our
way over the Holiday weekend from the middle Atlantic region on the southern
and western periphery of the aforementioned upper high center.

These weak vorticity maxima aloft... combined with daily mesoscale
features which manage to create surface convergence such as the lake
breeze or outflow boundaries... could be an impetus for convection.
Surface cold front approaching from the west late Monday may provide a
better focus for storms but the timing and strength of the front is
questionable at this time.


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Wednesday afternoon)
issued at 158 PM EDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Primarily VFR weather is expected this afternoon and evening with
scattered to broken cumulus clouds around 4000 feet. Isolated
showers or thunderstorms could lead to localized/brief MVFR or
IFR conditions if they impact a terminal. However since the
risk/coverage of convection is low... will just include vcsh
remarks for the azo/btl/jxn where the current radar is showing
recent new development.

The threat of dense fog looks lower tonight due to winds over 10
kts indicated overnight just above the surface. Thinking generally
just light MVFR fog of 3-5 miles overnight into early Wednesday


issued at 328 PM EDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Upper ridge will keep winds under 20kts resulting in waves 1-3 feet
for the next few days.


issued at 302 am EDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms may occur over the
next several days. There remains a bit of uncertainty with their
coverage and intensity. Widespread heavy rainfall is not expected...
but as is the case with Summer thunderstorms... locally heavy rain
and minor flooding impacts are not out of the question.


GRR watches/warnings/advisories...


short term...04
long term...Meade

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