Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Detroit/Pontiac, MI
FXUS63 KDTX 270953
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
553 AM EDT FRI MAY 27 2016
Stability provided by the influence of upper ridging off the East
Coast should keep the area free of SHRA/TSRA until at least mid-
afternoon. Additional low-level moisture working into the area
should allow a ceiling to develop below 5000 feet this afternoon as
daytime heating builds, however. Instability building through the
day and any small-scale upper waves left over from convection over
the plains last night will then provide a chance for showers and
thunderstorms during the late afternoon and evening. Activity should
once again be very scattered in nature given lack of a more
organized forcing mechanism, with best potential from FNT northward.
Have removed PROB30 group for areas south of there as potential for
SHRA/TSRA is now too low to be worthy of a mention in TAFS. Low-
level jet pushing into the area this evening and overnight will keep
low chances for SHRA/TSRA going. High dewpoints will bring potential
once again for some visibility restrictions late tonight, especially
for sites that see rain today/tonight.
FOR DTW...Daytime heating and the arrival of additional moisture
should allow a ceiling to develop around 4000 feet this afternoon.
Chances for showers/thunderstorms to impact DTW or airspace will be
low today and tonight.
//DTW Threshold Probabilities...
* Medium for ceiling at or below 5000 FT this afternoon and evening.
* Low for thunderstorms affecting DTW/D21 airspace this
afternoon through tonight.
Issued at 310 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016
A warm, and increasingly humid, pattern will persist into Saturday
night/Sunday as an upper ridge over the eastern CONUS amplifies
downstream of an upper level low pressure system as it works from
the southern Rockies into the central plains. This will allow
temperatures to climb into the mid 80s area-wide both today and
Saturday with minimum temperatures holding in the mid/upper 60s as
low level moisture increases and limits radiational cooling to a
greater degree heading into the weekend. Patchy fog will also be
possible early this morning generally along/north of I-69 as the
leading edge of this more humid air mass expands through lower MI.
The chance for showers and thunderstorms will also increase to some
degree as instability edges upward within the increasingly humid air
mass. That said, most forcing will remain well west of the area, so
any activity will be rather disorganized over the next several days.
The aforementioned upper low pressure system then opens and lifts
through the central Great Lakes on Sunday, providing better forcing
for shower and thunderstorm development. With moderately unstable
conditions expected during the passage of this system, suspect that
Sunday will be the best chance of widespread rainfall during the
next week. Even so, the convective nature will most likely leave
some locations dry as the upper system itself passes north of the
area and southern lower Michigan remains in the warm sector.
Conditions cool in the wake of this low pressure system as the upper
pattern evolves into a shallow upper trough over the area early next
week. High temperatures will edge back to around 80 degrees. In the
meantime, with less humid conditions, low temperatures will fall
into the 50s to around 60. A second upper trough will then work into
the area late in the forecast period as upper level low pressure
tracks slowly east across southern Canada. This will bring a renewed
chance of showers and thunderstorms late Wednesday into Thursday
after a quiet start to the week.
High pressure off the east coast and broad low pressure slowly
tracking eastward through the Central Plains and Upper Midwest will
maintain fairly light south to southeast flow through Saturday. A
warm and humid airmass will promote fog development over the cold
waters of Lake Huron today (especially northern portions of the
lake), while also keeping chances for thunderstorms in the forecast.
Thunderstorm coverage through Saturday is expected to remain fairly
low. Low pressure tracking across Ontario will push a weak cold
front across the Central Great Lakes Sunday into Sunday night. This
will bring a better chance for thunderstorms as well as a modest
increase in southerly winds Sunday afternoon and evening.
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.
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