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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac Michigan
1159 PM EDT Fri Apr 28 2017


Late evening observations continue to suggest the main area of
showers will remain to the north and south of the Southeast Michigan area
with just minimal shower coverage before activity exits eastward by
sunrise. There remains a short time window for MVFR ceiling confined
to locations south of fnt as the remnants of the central Great Lakes
trough merge with the Ohio Valley front. A rising ceiling trend will
then be aided by dry air arriving on wind becoming moderate
northeast from high pressure building over the northern Great Lakes.
Low pressure will concurrently move from Texas along the Ohio Valley
front and bring the next round of rain to our region spreading from
Ohio border northward through the day.

For dtw... light showers will brush the terminal from the northern
fringes of the Ohio Valley front during the morning before sunrise.
Meanwhile, the central Great Lakes front will wash out and merge
with the Ohio front, and may produce a short period of MVFR ceiling
in the process. The main concern will be the wind turning northeast
by sunrise and becoming moderate in speed through the day which will
likely direct NE traffic flow operations.

//Dtw threshold probabilities...

* moderate confidence for ceilings 5000 ft or less through the
morning and again Saturday night.


Previous discussion...
issued at 1055 PM EDT Fri Apr 28 2017


An interesting set up this evening as a double barrel frontal
structure is supported by a broad 130 knot level jet. The resulting
complex frontal circulations resulted in surface based convection
along the primary front over the Ohio Valley and a broad band of
Ordinary showers to the north of the trough/front over the central
Great Lakes. Weaker showers on the fringes of these areas has
brushed Southeast Michigan during the evening with an occasional pocket
developing overhead and moving quickly eastward. All of this
continues to battle dry air in the low levels, mainly below about 750
mb with the end result being scattered light rain showers across the
area. The same general pattern will continue through the night
before a diminishing trend is forced mainly by the short wave ridge
building into the Midwest and Great Lakes ahead of the large system
digging into Texas. The relative break in the action will last
through the morning before a renewed surge of moisture develops
through the rest of Saturday.

Previous discussion...
issued at 320 PM EDT Fri Apr 28 2017


12z DTX sounding revealed an 850 mb dew pt depression of 31 c, with
precipitable water value of 0.42 inches. None-the-less, looks like there will be
just enough isentropic ascent (295 k) and moisture advection
working through Southeast Michigan (mainly south of M-59) this
evening/overnight to support some light showers based on latest
satellite/radar trends and hi-res solutions of hrrr and rap13.
Negative Li's stay south of the border, and left thunder mention
out. Surface cold front sinking south and exiting jet forcing up
north will also support chance/scatter pops there.

Latest water vapor imagery shows highly amplified upper level
pattern over North America, with longwave trough over The Rockies
and excellent upper level jet energy tracking into Four Corners

A convergence of Pacific moisture/pineapple connection, coupled with
the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean moisture as large Bermuda high will
remain in place through the weekend, drawing flooding concerns by
Monday as large and powerful 500 mb low develops over the central
conus over the weekend. The system will be lifting northeast into
the Midwest (iowa) by Monday morning.

Moisture parameters will be record/near record for end of
April/start of may this far north, as 700 mb dew pts approach 5 c
toward Monday morning, nearing tropical status, with 850 mb dew pts
equally impressive checking in between 13-15 c. With sufficient
destabilization/convective elements, showalter index going slightly
negative and deep warm cloud layer, several inches of rainfall is
certainly possible for the second half of the weekend into Monday,
which will create flood concerns. Unfortunately, placement of heavy
rain axis remains difficult, but good low level fgen/isentropic
ascent will be established by Sunday, as strong high (1032-1034 mb)
remains parked over/near James Bay. Do think the surface warm front
will not clear much past the southern Michigan border during the day
on Sunday (lake Erie influence), which should help showers persist
even in southern areas, but Max mid level forcing does appear to be
lining up across northern sections of the County Warning Area into northern lower
Michigan Sunday night.

As of right now, it appears the robust Max 6hr height fall center
will already be over central Great Lakes Monday afternoon, thus
strong cold frontal/occlusion passage with good upper level support
will occur early in the day. Moisture/instability axis passing east
by around noon, helping to mitigate any severe threat. Still not out
of the Woods Sunday night with 65 knot jet at 850 mb, but meager
lapse rates within the moist airmass should be hindrance. Bottom-
line, heavy rain remains the biggest concern, and Flood Watch will
likely be needed for the second half of the weekend.

Lingering precipitation and gusty conditions will be possible Monday
evening into Tuesday afternoon as low pressure travels northeast
from Wisconsin into the Upper Peninsula. Cooler air that is expected
to wrap around the low and push into Michigan throughout Monday
afternoon will help to increase stability, minimizing the chance for
thunderstorms, as conditions remain breezy. The low pressure system
will continue to push northeast through Quebec late Tuesday into
Wednesday, as a surface high edges eastward across the Great Lakes
region. This will act to keep US dry and will keep winds light
through the middle of the week, as temperatures remain moderate with
daytime highs capped in the mid-50s.

The next chance for rain will return Thursday into Friday as a warm
front slowly pushes north into the Michigan/Ohio border. The Gem model run
suggests that the warm front will protrude into Michigan, allowing
rain showers to fall over our southern counties that border Ohio,
however, several other long-range models hold the rain south of
Michigan through the end of the week.


Gusty southwesterly winds over the morning will slowly continue to
diminish this afternoon. Relatively light winds are then expected
by early tonight before strong high pressure builds into Ontario and
low pressure begins to organize over the plains. This will bring an
increase in north/northeast winds to the marine areas and
potentially allowing waves to build high enough to warrant a Small
Craft Advisory for nearshore waters of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay.
Monday will then see wave heights decreasing as southerly winds take
over ahead of a cold front. However, winds will once again gust up
to 30 knots. As the low approaches the Great Lakes region this
weekend, an increasingly unsettled, wet pattern will set up.
Thunderstorms will also be possible Sunday into Monday.


DTX watches/warnings/advisories...
Lake Huron...Small Craft Advisory from 3 am Saturday to 6 am EDT Monday for

Lake St Clair...none.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...none.



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