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FXUS63 KAPX 240353

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Gaylord MI
1153 PM EDT SAT JUL 23 2016

Issued at 1032 PM EDT Sat Jul 23 2016

00Z SPC mesoanalysis reveals a very sharp instability gradient
across southern Wisconsin E/SE into northern Ohio with instability
falling off to nil across northern Michigan. So not surprisingly,
heart of convective activity has congealed across that area over
the last few hours with some tstm activity now getting into far SW
Michigan and northern Indiana.

Further north, precip has thinned considerably across Wisconsin
and all lightning has ceased. But there does appear to be some
sort of convectively induced short wave trough working N/E through
Wisconsin, which is dragging along remnant showers across central
Lake Michigan as well as into the U.P.

Rest of tonight: Heart of convective activity will remain to our
south. However, short wave trough is looking to pull some showers
gradually across the CWA. But given the somewhat dry antecedent
conditions in place (APX 00Z sounding PW value of 0.87"),
uncertain just how much precip we will actually see. Southern
counties may have the best shot, tapping into some the trailing
stratiform precip skirting by to the south. But based on trends,
have trimmed down precip chances for the overnight.

As far as thunder chances go, as mentioned above, the only
lightning that is occurring at this juncture is around Chicago
eastward into SW Michigan with limited or no instability this far
north. Guidance suggests we will begin to see a push of better
moisture/instability into northern Michigan toward morning, and
perhaps another batch of renewed convection across Wisconsin that
tries to make a run at us toward morning as well. Will keep a
slight chance of thunder for the late overnight hours heading into
Sunday morning. But much better chances look to be late Sunday
afternoon/evening with FROPA.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)

Issued at 313 PM EDT Sat Jul 23 2016

High impact weather potential: Thunderstorms possible later tonight
into Sunday.

Pattern synopsis/expected evolution: Water vapor imagery says it all
early this afternoon, with energetic flow rotating around steadily
flattening central Plains heat dome. Embedded mid level waves within
the former, working on northern extent of instability axis,
continues to kick off clusters of showers and thunderstorms back
across the Corn Belt and Northern Mississippi Valley. Much more
defined shortwave trough rotating across southern Saskatchewan, with
low pressure and a developing cold front helping drive an area of
storms across the northern Plains. No such weather closer to home,
with high pressure and still dry air through the low/mid levels
resulting in another sun-filled and warm mid-summer day.

Above features remain transient overnight into Sunday, with the
developing cold front and mid level waves working on a northward
surging moisture/instability axis likely to drive additional showers
and storms (MCS?) through this evening and overnight. Strong late
night moisture advection will likely allow at least some of this
activity to survive into our area, with the actual "cold" front
passage perhaps driving additional showers and storms through the
day Sunday.

Primary forecast concerns/challenges: Shower and thunderstorm
evolution and intensity tonight and Sunday.

Details: Per the usual with summer convection, a rather complex and
low confidence forecast heading through tonight and Sunday. With
that said, confidence is actually rather high that additional
clusters of showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop this
evening to our west in favored moisture/instability advection axis
along nose of developing low level jet. This jet steadily veers and
weakens with time, although remains strong enough to drive rather
substantial moisture into northern Michigan by morning (precipitable
water values reach near 2 inches levels during Sunday morning).
However, steady loss of mass convergence on nose of weakening jet
and loss of better instability will likely cause a diminishing trend
in shower/storm intensity and areal coverage as they push into our
area later tonight and Sunday morning. Really think per the above
any storms will remain sub-severe, although may result in some brief
gusty winds and heavy rains (heads up Chicago to Mackinac race

Atmosphere will likely take quite a bit of time to recover behind
the morning activity Sunday given lingering cloud cover and simple
post convection subsidence. Timing of actual arrival of front still
uncertain, with a later day frontal timing allowing that much more
time for destabilization to occur. Kinda feel lack of good morning
heating may give a nod to some of the faster frontal progs, which
would suggest most additional late day activity focusing across
central and southern Michigan into Ontario. Unfortunately, simply
cannot be this deterministic just yet, so will continue to advertise
at least some potential for more showers and thunderstorms through
the afternoon. If storms can indeed fire, some limited severe
weather potential is there with deep layer shear ranging from 25
knots south (in a region of potentially more instability) to 40
knots north. Isolated severe wind gusts and large hail would be the
primary threat. Of course, above is completely conditional on
frontal timing and ability to destabilize before frontal passage.
Area remains in latest SPC day 2 marginal risk, with they too citing
much uncertainty on exact convective evolution.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
Issued at 313 PM EDT Sat Jul 23 2016

Sunday night through Tuesday...

(7/24)Sunday night...As the 500 mb trough moves into the Upper Great
Lakes, drier and cooler air will begin to push into the region. The
Showers and thunderstorms look to end by the early evening as the
cold front pushes the rain out over Lake Huron by 03z. Overnight,
the trough begins to dig a bit into the Upper Great Lakes, as the
850 mb cold front pushes into the region as well. Will be expecting
breezy conditions by morning with clearing skies.

(7/25)Monday...Sfc high pressure builds into the Upper Great Lakes,
with 500 mb heights building as well. This will keep the region dry,
with temperatures around the normal highs. Skies will clear out
during the day and remain that way through the night.

(7/26)Tuesday...The high pressure pressure remains over the region
through the day, keeping the region dry with light winds. The GFS
shows that it may have some clouds moving in from Wisconsin late in
the afternoon, but for the most part, thinking it will remain mostly

Tuesday night through Saturday...

After a prolonged period of well above normal temperatures, there
looks to be a pattern change taking shape through the extended
period. Temperatures will still be above normal going into mid-week,
but the broad riding setup across much of the southern CONUS will
begin to shift westward as height falls work their way from the
northern Plains and through the Ohio Valley. By the end of the
extended period, there will be noticeable troughing through the
Great Lakes and into the Tennessee Valley, with amplified ridging
spanning from the desert SW through the Great Plains. This should
help to get temperatures back into more normal ranges as we go into
the weekend. With shortwaves moving through the pattern, wouldn`t
be surprised to see some scattered to isolated showers through the
week but nothing that looks to be producing large amounts at this


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Sunday night)
Issued at 1153 PM EDT Sat Jul 23 2016

Mainly VFR conditions anticipated through the next 24 hours. Some
showers will cross the region overnight through Sunday morning
although main thunderstorm threat will remain well south of the
region. Additional showers/storms possible later Sunday afternoon
through Sunday evening as cold front slips through the region.
Stronger storms are possible during this time. Have not explicitly
put TSTMS in the forecasts just yet given timing uncertainties.
But brief periods of MVFR or even IFR conditions will be possible
with any storms that impact a terminal site.


Issued at 313 PM EDT Sat Jul 23 2016

Light winds into early this evening will become increasingly
gusty out of the southeast and south later tonight, with winds
veering more southwesterly Sunday morning. Wind gusts will likely
approach/exceed SCA criteria across much of northern Lake Michigan
and Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior very late tonight into Sunday.
A passing cold front will veer winds around more westerly Sunday
night, with wind speeds also decreasing. Marginally gusty west to
northwest winds are expected to start the work week.

In addition, the threat for showers and thunderstorms will be on the
increase late tonight into Sunday. Some of these thunderstorms could
bring locally very heavy rain and brief periods of gusty/variable


.APX Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
LM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 5 AM to 6 PM EDT Sunday for LMZ342-

LS...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 5 AM to 6 PM EDT Sunday for LSZ321.



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