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FXUS63 KAPX 121111
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI
711 AM EDT SAT APR 12 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 405 AM EDT SAT APR 12 2014

WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION OVER THE NEXT FEW
DAYS. THE FIRST SYSTEM WILL SPREAD RAIN OVER THE AREA LATER TODAY
AND CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT. THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE
ACROSS NORTHERN LOWER. RAIN WILL THEN CONTINUE SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY
NIGHT BEFORE COLDER AIR CHANGES PRECIPITATION OVER TO SNOW LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY. SOME PARTS OF THE AREA MAY SEE SOME WET
SNOW ACCUMULATION.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 405 AM EDT SAT APR 12 2014

...RAIN AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS WITH SOME CHANCE FOR HEAVY
RAINFALL...

IMPACTS: FLOODING...ESPECIALLY LOWLAND AREAS AND NEAR RIVERS AND
STREAMS.

CONFIDENCE: AVERAGE CONCERNING LEANING AWAY FROM HEAVY RAIN
OCCURRENCE...AND NO MAJOR FLOODING ISSUES. HIGH CONFIDENCE IN RAIN
DEVELOPING...WITH A TOUCH OF SNOW MIXED IN EARLY ON IN CHIPPEWA
COUNTY OF EASTERN UPPER.

CURRENT WEATHER AND SYNOPTIC PATTERN/EVOLUTION:

ZONAL FLOW ALOFT AS ONE SHORTWAVE TROUGH HAS EXITED EAST AND
DROPPING A SFC FRONTAL BOUNDARY SOUTHWARD TOWARD EASTERN UPPER.
ANOTHER NRN STREAM WAVE IS DROPPING THROUGH THE PAC NW. THERE IS
ALSO A SRN STREAM WAVE IN CALIFORNIA...WHICH IS TRACKING TOWARD
THE SRN ROCKIES. NRN STREAM WAVE HAS STRONGER FLOW ALOFT AND NICE
UPPER DIVERGENCE/WARM ADVECTION...WHICH IS PRODUCING SOME LIGHT
PRECIPITATION OVER THE UPPER MIDWEST. THIS IS NORTH OF DEVELOPING
SFC LOW PRESSURE AND WARM FRONT INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS. HIGHER
VALUES OF TOTAL PW ARE SEEN SOUTH OF THIS WARM FRONT (NEARING
0.80")...WITH INCREASING MOISTURE ADVECTION AS WELL AND WITH
TIME...TOWARD THE GREAT LAKES/UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. MOST OF THE
PRECIPITATION IS DOMINATED BY LOW TO MID LEVEL WARM/MOIST ADVECTION.
THIS NRN STREAM WAVE WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK EAST TOWARD THE NRN
CWA...WITH THE LOW TO MID LEVEL WARM ADVECTION CONTINUING TO
INCREASE THROUGH THE DAY...AS THE SFC FRONT LAYS IN OVER NRN
MICHIGAN. THE SFC LOW PRESSURE AND WARM FRONT WILL GRADUALLY LIFT
ENE THROUGH THE DAY...WITH THE LOW TRACKING ALONG THE FRONTAL
ZONE...AND DIRECTLY THROUGH LOWER MICHIGAN TONIGHT. THE WARM FRONT
EVENTUALLY MAKES IN UP NEAR THE M-55 CORRIDOR OVERNIGHT...WITH THE
HELP OF STRENGTHENING H8 LLJ...WHICH WILL MAXIMIZE MOISTURE
CONVERGENCE OVER NRN LOWER LATE THIS AFTERNOON BUT ESPECIALLY THIS
EVENING. THIS LLJ ENERGY IS EXPECTED TO LAY OVER MORE EAST AND SOUTH
OF US OVERNIGHT. FORCING IS OVERALL...MAXIMIZED THIS AFTERNOON AND
THIS EVENING.

GENERAL WEATHER EXPECTATIONS:

HIGH LEVEL MOISTURE/CLOUDS WILL THICKEN THROUGH THE DAY WITH RAINS
DEVELOPING INITIALLY ACROSS FAR NRN LOWER UP THROUGH EASTERN
UPPER...WITH SOME SNOW MIXED EARLY ON...BUT NO MORE THAN A COUPLE OF
TENTHS EXPECTED. THE ACTION PICKS UP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS
EVENING WITH PRECIPITATION ALSO ENTERING THE GTV BAY REGION...AND
THEN OVERSPREADING ALL OF NRN MICHIGAN. THE AXIS OF HEAVIEST
RAINFALL WILL BE OVER NRN LOWER...ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM
CHARLEVOIX THROUGH ROGERS CITY. THE RAINFALL COULD BE HEAVY FOR A
TIME THIS EVENING...AND WILL GENERALLY BE CROSSING AREAS THAT ARE
SNOW FREE...SO SNOWMELT NOT ADDING MUCH AT ALL TO WHERE FLOODING
COULD BE A CONCERN. RIVERS ARE RUNNING HIGH THOUGH...AND DO EXPECT
AREAS OF LOWLAND FLOODING...ESPECIALLY IN AND AROUND RIVERS AND
STREAMS. THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY IN WHAT HAPPENS OVERNIGHT...AS
THERE COULD BE ANOTHER SHOT OF GOOD RAIN ALREADY ARRIVING BY
DAYBREAK...AND THIS TIME PERIOD COULD DETERMINE IF WE HAVE ANY
FLOODING CONCERNS (ANOTHER GOOD ROUND OF RAIN COMING IN). WILL HOLD
OFF ON ANY SORT OF FLOOD WATCH ATTM. TIMING THESE SORT OF INDIVIDUAL
WAVES IS STILL TOO DIFFICULT. LITTLE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OVER
EASTERN UPPER LATE TONIGHT WITH MOISTURE STRIPPING OUT ALOFT AND
THINGS LOOKING MORE LIKE DRIZZLE.

TEMPERATURES WILL BE DIFFICULT. INCOMING CLOUDS...PRECIP AND
EASTERLY FLOW KEEPING THINGS COOLER THIS AFTERNOON WITH HIGHS IN THE
LOW 40S NORTH TO THE LOWER 50S SOUTH. THAT HOWEVER...IS SO DEPENDENT
ON WHERE THE WARM FRONT WILL RESIDE (THINKING IT HOLDS OFF ON
ARRIVING UNTIL TONIGHT...LATE. THUS...RAIN/CLOUDS KEEPING READINGS
DOWN. LOWS TONIGHT ONLY DIPPING DOWN INTO THE MIDDLE 30S EASTERN
UPPER WITH UPPER 40S SOUTH (TEMPS RISING OVERNIGHT ACROSS THE SE
CWA?).

.LONG TERM...(SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 405 AM EDT SAT APR 12 2014

...RAINY AND MILD SUNDAY THEN TURNING MUCH COLDER WITH THE POTENTIAL
FOR SOME ACCUMULATING WET SNOW LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY...

STRONG EASTERN PACIFIC RIDGING CONTINUES TO CARVE OUT A TROUGH
ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION WHICH WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH MID
WEEK. THIS TROUGH WILL INTERACT WITH PIECES OF SOUTHERN JET STREAM
ENERGY MOVING NORTHEASTWARD ALONG A VERY STRONG BAROCLINIC
ZONE...SETTING THE STAGE FOR ANOTHER POSSIBLE ROUND OF WINTER
WEATHER LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A
COUPLE OF DAYS OF WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WITH MODERATING
TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO END THE WORK WEEK.

SUNDAY...ANOTHER AREA OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPING ACROSS THE CENTRAL
PLAINS MOVES NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD THE REGION. IT IS A TOUGH CALL ON
PRECIPITATION COVERAGE TO START THE DAY WITH NORTHERN ZONES POSSIBLY
DRYING OUT FOR MUCH OF THE MORNING. EVEN IF THIS IS THE CASE...MORE
RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD NORTHWARD INTO THE REGION AS THE DAY
PROGRESSES. HIGHS RANGING FROM THE MIDDLE 40S NORTH TO NEAR 60
SOUTHEAST.

SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY...YET ANOTHER PIECE OF ENERGY TRACKS
NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL LOWER MICHIGAN. THIS SYSTEM LOOKS
LIKE IT WILL DEEPEN THE MOST OF THE WAVES MOVING ACROSS THE STRONG
BAROCLINIC ZONE LAID OUT ACROSS THE REGION. THE EXACT TRACK AND
AMOUNT OF DEEPENING WILL DETERMINE JUST HOW QUICKLY COLDER AIR IS
ABLE TO CATCH UP WITH CONTINUED SURGE OF MOISTURE...TURNING RAIN
OVER TO SNOW. WILL KEEP PRECIPITATION IN THE FORM OF ALL RAIN
THROUGH MIDNIGHT WITH A GRADUAL CHANGEOVER TO ALL SNOW TOWARD
MORNING ACROSS EASTERN UPPER AND FAR NORTHWEST LOWER. RAIN IS THEN
EXPECTED TO CHANGEOVER TO ALL SNOW ACROSS THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA
MONDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE IN THE DAY AS MUCH COLDER AIR
ADVECTS IN ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THE EXITING BUT DEEPENING AREA
OF LOW PRESSURE. THERE IS STILL A GOOD DEAL OF UNCERTAINTY OVER SNOW
AMOUNTS BUT EASTERN UPPER AND NORTHWEST LOWER STAND THE BEST CHANCE
OF SEEING WHAT LOOKS LIKE A FEW INCHES OF WET SNOW ACCUMULATION SO
WILL CONTINUE WITH THE MENTION IN THE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK.
LOWS RANGING FROM THE LOWER 30S NORTH TO AROUND 40 SOUTHEAST.
TEMPERATURES NEARLY STEADY MONDAY WITH HIGHS RANGING FROM THE MIDDLE
30S TO LOWER 40S.

TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...UNSEASONABLY COLD AIR CONTINUES ACROSS THE
REGION TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY AS THE TROUGH REMAINS IN PLACE. A
SHORT WAVE MOVING THROUGH THE FLOW TUESDAY COULD PRODUCE A FEW SNOW
SHOWERS WITH SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE LOOKING TO DRY THINGS OUT
WEDNESDAY. MILDER AIR THEN LOOKS TO BEGIN TO WORK INTO THE REGION
THURSDAY WITH WARM ADVECTION DRIVEN RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE.
FRIDAY APPEARS TO BE PRECIPITATION FREE AT THIS POINT AS HIGH
PRESSURE TAKES TEMPORARY CONTROL. HIGHS MAINLY IN THE 30S TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY AND THE UPPER 30S TO AROUND 50 THURSDAY AND THE MIDDLE
40S TO MIDDLE 50S FRIDAY. LOWS TUESDAY NIGHT MAINLY IN THE TEENS
WITH LOWS MAINLY IN THE 20S WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THE 30S THURSDAY
NIGHT.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 12Z TAFS THROUGH 12Z SUNDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 708 AM EDT SAT APR 12 2014

...DETERIORATING CONDITIONS...

INCREASING HIGH CLOUDS WILL THICKEN TODAY WITH EASTERLY WINDS
PICKING UP A BIT...ESPECIALLY AT APN. CIGS LOWER THROUGH THE DAY
WITH RAIN DEVELOPING THIS AFTERNOON AND INCREASING IN COVERAGE AND
INTENSITY THROUGH AT LEAST THE EVENING. SOME OF THIS RAINFALL
COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH LOWER VSBYS THAN FORECAST. DO THINK
VSBYS WILL BE WORSE AT APN DUE TO INCREASINGLY MOIST LOW LEVEL AIR
MASS AND A COOL EASTERLY WIND COMING OFF LAKE HURON. UNCERTAIN
ABOUT RAINFALL OVERNIGHT...BUT VSBYS/CIGS TO REMAIN IFR/LIFR
THROUGH THE NIGHT.

&&

.APX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MI...NONE.
LH...NONE.
LM...NONE.
LS...NONE.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...AS
SHORT TERM...SMD
LONG TERM...AS
AVIATION...SMD






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