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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
354 PM EDT WED OCT 22 2014

.SHORT TERM...THROUGH TONIGHT

UPPER LEVEL CLOSED LOW OVER THE EAST COAST ALONG WITH UPPER LEVEL
JET INFLUENCE WILL CONTINUE TO SHIFT EAST THROUGH THE SHORT TERM.
MAIN CONCERN TODAY IS THE CLOUD COVER AS IT EVER SO SLOWLY ERODES
AWAY.  CLOUDS HAVE BEEN SLOW TO DISSIPATE DUE TO THE NORTH/NORTHEAST
FLOW OFF OF THE LAKE BRINGING.  HIGH PRESSURE HAS BEEN WORKING ITS
WAY IN AND WILL RESULT IN HELPING TO CLEAR OUT CLOUDS.  WITH CLEAR
SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS OVERNIGHT...RADIATIONAL COOLING WILL TAKE
EFFECT LEADING TO TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE UPPER 20S OVER
NORTHERN PARTS OF THE CWA TO THE LOWER 30S.  WITH THESE PARAMETERS
IN PLACE THERE IS A CHANCE FOR FOG TO DEVELOP EARLY THURSDAY
MORNING.  CURRENTLY ONLY A MENTION OF PATCHY FOG IS IN THE FORECAST
AS MODELS HAVE VARYING OPINIONS ON THE AMOUNT OF MOISTURE NEAR THE
SURFACE.  THIS WILL ALSO DEPEND ON HOW FAST CLOUDS CAN CLEAR THIS
AFTERNOON...ESPECIALLY OVER NOTHWESTERN PARTS OF THE CWA WHERE
CLOUDS ARE STILL PREVALENT.  IF CLOUDS STICK AROUND THIS WOULD KEEP
TEMPS COOLER AND IN TURN LEAD TO A BETTER POTENTIAL FOR FOG AS TEMPS
WOULD BE ABLE TO APPROACH THE DEWPOINT FASTER.

&&

.LONG TERM...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

FAIRLY AMPLIFIED LONGWAVE PATTERN WILL GET FLATTENED BY A TRAIN OF
SHORTWAVES EMBEDDED IN STRONG WESTERLY JET ACROSS SOUTHERN CANADA.
IT WILL STAY UP ACROSS CANADA THOUGH AS A STRONG RIDGE BUILDS OVER
THE SW CONUS. THE RIDGE WILL PUSH THE COOL POOL...ASSOCIATED WITH
THE UPPER LOW CUTTING OFF OVER THE EAST COAST...FURTHER EAST AWAY
FROM SE MI. THIS WILL ALLOW TEMPS TO SLOWLY CLIMB INTO THE WEEKEND
AS THE MID LEVEL HEIGHTS SLOWLY INCREASE. OVERALL PLEASANT
CONDITIONS WILL HOLD OVER SE MI INTO THE WEEKEND AS HIGH PRESSURE
WILL DOMINATE WITH LITTLE MORE THAN AN ELEVATED FRONT WORKING ACROSS
THE STATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

SFC HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE CENTERED OVER THE AREA TO START THE DAY
THURSDAY WITH A SHORTWAVE RIDGE AXIS PASSING ACROSS THE AREA IN THE
AFTERNOON. THIS WILL LEAD TO SUNNY SKIES WITH 850MB TEMPS INCREASING
TO AROUND 9C BY EVENING. A WEAK SYSTEM WORKING ACROSS CANADA WILL
SHED A PIECE OF ENERGY SE THROUGH THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES. THE
RESULTS WILL BE A SHEARING FGEN BAND WORKING OVER THE AREA THURSDAY
NIGHT. ITS HARD TO FIND A MODEL SOLUTION THAT GIVES ANY CREDENCE TO
THE FRONT AS IT STRUGGLES TO FIGHT THE DRY AIR AND SUBSIDENCE IN
PLACE FROM THE RIDGE AS THE BULK OF THE ENERGY WICKS AWAY TO THE
NORTH AND SOUTH. CONTINUED THE MOSTLY CLOUDS FORECAST OVER NIGHT
WITH MIN TEMPS HOLDING UP AROUND 40 WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW.

AFTER THE FRONT PASSES...HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD BACK IN OVER THE
AREA WITH ANOTHER LOW AMPLITUDE SHORTWAVE RIDGE WORKING INTO THE
AREA AS WELL. TEMPERATURES DURING THE DAY WILL INCREASE SLIGHTLY
OVER THURSDAY APPROACHING 60...BUT A SHARP THERMAL RIDGE AROUND 12C
AT 850MB WILL FOLD OVER INTO MI FRI NIGHT WHICH WILL KEEP MIN TEMPS
UP IN MID 40S.

THERMAL RIDGE WILL BE SHORT-LIVED HOWEVER AS A DRY COLD FRONTAL
PASSAGE WILL OCCUR EARLY SATURDAY. DESPITE LOW-LEVEL POST-FRONTAL
COLD ADVECTION FOR MOST OF SATURDAY...STILL EXPECTING HIGHS TO REACH
THE LOWER 60S DUE TO DECENT MIXING HEIGHTS AND AMPLE AFTERNOON
SUNSHINE. IT WILL BE BREEZY THOUGH WITH 925MB WINDS OF 30-35 KT
SUPPORTING DECENT GUST POTENTIAL. CONTINUED COLD ADVECTION SATURDAY
NIGHT WILL CAUSE A COOL DOWN FOR HIGHS SUNDAY...DROPPING TO THE MID-
50S. WILL HAVE TO WATCH FOR CLOUD POTENTIAL SATURDAY NIGHT/EARLY
SUNDAY WITH COLD ADVECTION AND MULTI-LAKE CONNECTION...BUT FOR NOW
CONTINUED MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES. UPPER RIDGE BUILDING IN WILL RESULT IN
RECOVERY IN TEMPS FOR MONDAY. STILL LARGE MODEL SPREAD WITH INBOUND
UPPER TROUGHING MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY. FOR NOW HAVE
TARGETED TUESDAY/TUESDAY NIGHT TIMEFRAME FOR CHANCE POPS.

&&

.MARINE...

A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE OVER THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES
TONIGHT BECOMING CENTERED OVER THE REGION BY THURSDAY MORNING. THIS
HIGH WILL BRING FAVORABLE MARINE CONDITIONS TO THE LAKES FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE WEEK. WINDS WILL INCREASE AS THEY VEER FROM
SOUTHWEST TO NORTHWEST ON SATURDAY WHEN A COLD FRONT DROPS THROUGH
THE REGION. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORIES MAY BE NEEDED FOR PORTIONS OF
LAKE HURON.

&&

.AVIATION...ISSUED 128 PM EDT WED OCT 22 2014

PERSISTENT STRATUS DECK OVER THE AREA HAS SLOWLY STARTED TO ERODE
OVER EASTERN PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN.  EXPECT CLOUDS TO
LINGER THROUGH MUCH OF THE AFTERNOON BEFORE A CLEARING TREND TAKES
OVER THIS EVENING AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS IN OVER THE AREA.  WITH
HIGH PRESSURE INFLUENCING THE AREA OVERNIGHT...LOOK FOR CLEAR SKIES
AND LIGHT WINDS TO PREVAIL INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

//DTW THRESHOLD THREATS...

* HIGH CONFIDENCE IN CEILINGS BELOW 5000 FT THOUGH THE AFTERNOON.

* HIGH CONFIDENCE IN CEILINGS ABOVE 5000 FT THIS EVENING.

&&

.DTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MI...NONE.
LAKE HURON...NONE.
LAKE ST CLAIR...NONE.
MI WATERS OF LAKE ERIE...NONE.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...SS
LONG TERM....DRK/DT
MARINE.......DRK
AVIATION.....SS


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