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National Weather Service Grand Rapids Michigan
328 am EDT sun Apr 23 2017

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

issued at 305 am EDT sun Apr 23 2017

A weak cold front will diminish as it slips down into the northern
Great Lakes region today and tonight. An area of high pressure
will then build into Michigan for Monday. As this feature tracks
east on Tuesday a warmer and increasingly moist airmass with
gradually build into the area for the middle part of the week.


Short term...(today through tuesday)
issued at 305 am EDT sun Apr 23 2017

The relatively quiet pattern persists through Tuesday. A weak cold
front tries to drop down from the north tonight...but it will
likely diminish before it reaches Southern Lower Michigan. An easterly
flow sets up for tonight and Monday. So it looks like the
Lakeshore regions will see the warmest temperatures.

Some instability develops on Tuesday. After looking at forecast
soundings...the risk for a shower or thunderstorms is low. The
atmosphere is shown to be dry below 500 mb. In addition a warm
layer is advertised by the models around 700 mb...which would
limit the potential for rising parcels to push through that layer.
Will keep the forecast dry.

Patchy frost will be possible for tonight...mainly over the
interior northeast zones. The wind may stay up though...limiting
this risk. Will keep it in the forecast for now.

Long term...(tuesday night through saturday)
issued at 305 am EDT sun Apr 23 2017

Despite expectations for an active setup through the upcoming week,
model guidance continues to trend later in the midweek period with
the onset. Difference in the GFS/ecm are relatively small with a
cold front entering west Michigan early Wednesday morning. The NAM,
however, remains well west of Lake Michigan at 12z Wed morning.
Given the way guidance has behaved with the northwest adjustment in the
last several runs and higher res solutions verifying the delay, we
may stay dry through early Wednesday morning.

The delay could be key with instability for thunderstorms Wednesday
afternoon. If daytime heat can contribute, we could see some
convection take shape with mu cape values pushing near 1500 j/kg
according to GFS BUFKIT overviews. Ample moisture flows in from the
south with precipitable water values between 1.0-1.5 inches. Wind profiles aren't
off the charges, but does provide a deep layer of 40-70 knots. Also,
profiles are unidirectional with the frontal passage. It seems that
we would see a linear Mode of convection with heavier rainfall. What
is yet to be seen is a little more run-to-run consistency in models.
However, if high res models continue to point in this direction, it
may be something to watch through the week, if not for strong
storms, it would be for a quick shot of heavy rain.

The upper trough pushes north of the area by Friday. A shortwave
feature rotates in behind the system, keeping low chances of
precipitation in the forecast. Expect a few light rain shower to
round out the work week.

The next big system takes shape over the Central Plains over the
weekend. Models diverge a bit beyond Friday with the GFS bring
precipitation back in a little quicker than the ecm. The overall
theme is for an amplified ridge to develop over the eastern conus as
we head into next weekend. The upper trough deepen to the west with
the core of the upper jet pushing into the plains. A warm front
extends east of the main system and pushing into lower Michigan next
Saturday. We stay entrenched in warm southern flow through much of
the later part of next week, until the system bring the cold front
through next Sunday. Again, the Gulf remain wide open with moisture
flowing north. This could be another big rain maker with
thunderstorm as we head into next weekend.


Aviation...(for the 06z tafs through 06z Sunday night)
issued at 121 am EDT sun Apr 23 2017

VFR conditions will continue through Sunday.

Winds have become light and variable in many locations tonight.
Winds are likely to remain near or less than 5 knots through much
of the day Sunday. The exception will be at kmkg and kgrr, where
winds could increase between 5-10 knots as they eventually turn
out of the northwest during the afternoon. Dry air will provide
for clear skies and unlimited visibilities through the period.


issued at 305 am EDT sun Apr 23 2017

The pressure gradient will remain relatively weak through Monday
night so not marine headlines. The flow will be largely offshore
through Monday so waves should be quite low.


issued at 328 PM EDT Sat Apr 22 2017

The 7 river forecast points out of their banks are near crest or
already falling. Dry weather through Tuesday will allow rivers to
recede below bankfull on some but not all rivers. An active weather
pattern is probable for the region the latter half of the upcoming
week. There is a chance for basin-average rainfall to exceed 1-2
inches by next weekend, though there is low confidence exactly where
the axis of heaviest rain will set up. Many rivers will still be
running higher than normal going into this active pattern, so they
will be susceptible to at least minor flooding again if heavy rain
does occur.


GRR watches/warnings/advisories...


short term...mjs

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