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FXUS63 KAPX 220744

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Gaylord MI
344 AM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017

.NEAR TERM...(Today through Tonight)
Issued at 342 AM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017

High impact weather potential: Thunderstorms early this morning.

Pattern synopsis and forecast:

Upper level troughing was working into the western Great Lakes early
this morning, with an associated sfc low pressure deepening while
tracking into eastern Lake Superior. The system cold front extended
from this low back through eastern Wisconsin and Iowa. Showers and
some isolated thunderstorms have finally developed over the last
couple of hours as low level convergence and DPVA have increased
within a region of 400-900 j/kg of MUCAPE. Latest RUC analysis also
suggests that maybe some right entrance region dynamics from 100+kt
jet are in play. Quite the warm/muggy morning with temperatures and
dew points in the middle 60s to lower 70s.

Upper troughing settles in over the region through the day with the
sfc low lifting into Quebec, while dragging the cold front through
nrn Michigan this morning into early afternoon. The forcing
continues to increase through daybreak with showers and isolated
storms likely to continue to increase in coverage. No severe storms
with not much instability around and lapse rates not all that
impressive at less than 6c/km. A secondary sfc trough axis looks to
follow behind the cold front, resulting in a band of lighter rains,
especially into the higher terrain of nrn lower. There is likely to
be some afternoon cumulus, but the overall air mass dries through
this evening. As cold advection continues through the night however,
temperatures get cold enough for overlake instability, almost to
850mb. Gotta believe that lake effect clouds in NW flow will be
common by daybreak Wednesday.

Highs not really going anywhere through the day with middle 60s to
lower 70s, slightly higher in downsloping areas of NE lower. Lows
tonight in the middle 50s most areas with less humidity.


.SHORT TERM...(Wednesday through Thursday)
Issued at 342 AM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017

...Cool weather for midweek...

High Impact Weather Potential: Minimal.

Pattern Forecast: North American pattern features a decent short
wave trough for late August moving through the Midwest and adjacent
portions of Manitoba/Ontario.  Overall pattern from the Midwest back
into the eastern Pacific has become more amplified over the past 36
hours with short wave ridging having developed over British Columbia
downstream of a compact upper low south of Alaska.  Associated with
the Midwest short wave trough is a 1008mb surface low over northeast
Minnesota...with an eastward extending warm front across Upper
Michigan and into southern Quebec...and a trailing cold front back
into northwest Iowa/Nebraska.  Plenty of humidity south of the warm
front with dew points well into the 60s/precipitable water values in
the 1.50-2.00 inch range (1.58 inches on 00z APX sounding).

Cold advection into the mid level short wave trough moving through
the Midwest suggests continued deepening of this feature...
eventually closing off north of the Great Lakes later today.  The
result will be deep layer cyclonic flow across Michigan for the
midweek period...followed by rising heights for the end of the week
as short wave ridging crosses the prairie provinces.  Impressive
surface low for late August will drag cooler air across the Great
Lakes...followed by high pressure building in for Thursday/Friday.
Thermal troughing will ensure a much cooler pattern.

Primary Forecast Concerns: Cold air getting pulled across the lakes
should bring about a good deal of lake plus diurnally induced cloud
cover Wednesday.  Some scattered light rain showers also possible
within typical northwest flow lake effect areas at least into early
afternoon.  Breezy day expected with gusts 20-25+mph...winds should
subside by Wednesday evening.  Highs Wednesday will be mostly stuck
in the 60s...generally 8-12 degrees below normal.

No real issues for Thursday outside of some nuisance cloud issues
between thermal trough in place and short wave trough rotating
across the area from the north...again probably through early
afternoon with decreasing clouds north to south.  Probably another
afternoon with highs in the 60s...and chilly Friday morning where
some of the typical cold spots will probably drop into the 30s.


.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Monday)
Issued at 342 AM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017

High Impact Weather Potential: Minimal.

Great Lakes looks to be stuck in split flow between ridging across
northern Ontario and a southern branch weakness that develops over
the Mississippi Valley this weekend.  The result is fairly weak
upper level flow across Michigan for the weekend.  High pressure
will be in place Friday...and given lack of "direction" from above
will probably linger through the weekend though a couple short wave
troughs may slide across Michigan.  How weakness in the southern
branch of the split flow evolves early next week is uncertain.
Overall weather looks quiet through the weekend...with a moderating
trend in temperatures.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday night)
Issued at 1150 PM EDT Mon Aug 21 2017

Showers and thunderstorms will redevelop across Northern Michigan
overnight ahead of an approaching cold front. Conditions will
deteriorate to MVFR/IFR...especially within heavier showers and
thunderstorms. Convection will continue into Tuesday morning
before cold FROPA brings precip chances to a close Tuesday
afternoon. SW winds under 10 kts will shifting to the W/NW on
Tuesday and strengthening to 15 to 25 kts in the wake of the cold


Issued at 342 AM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017

A cold front will sweep across the region this morning into early
afternoon, with winds shifting out of the NW and becoming quite
gusty due to a tight gradient and developing overlake instability.
Widespread advisory winds, with low end Gales expected in Whitefish
Bay and through Presque Isle light for this afternoon and evening.
Advisory speeds will be common in most nearshore waters into
Wednesday before higher pressure approaches Wednesday night into
Friday. Showers and isolated non severe storms ahead of the front
this morning.


LH...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6 PM EDT Wednesday for LHZ345-346-349.
     GALE WARNING from 2 PM this afternoon to midnight EDT tonight
     for LHZ347-348.
LM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6 PM EDT Wednesday for LMZ323-341-342-
LS...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6 PM EDT Wednesday for LSZ322.
     GALE WARNING from 2 PM this afternoon to midnight EDT tonight
     for LSZ321.


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