Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Detroit/Pontiac, MI
FXUS63 KDTX 260739
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
339 AM EDT THU MAY 26 2016
Currently on radar we have a line of showers, with isolated
thunderstorms, working slowly northeast through western and central
Michigan. These showers went up on shortwave trough lifting through
the longwave flow with a lobe of vorticity associated with it.
Though the showers are moving into a less favorable environment, it
appears there is a weak MCV embedded which is likely providing it
the forcing it needs to progress further across the state through
the early morning hours. Updated pops across the Saginaw Valley to
categorical with the increased confidence that it will at least hold
together into the area. With such slow forward motion, it could
still fall apart before reaching the bay. Regardless, any precip
that falls will likely be light and not amount to much as upstream
In the wake of the early morning showers it looks like we should
dry out once again, at least for several hours. Fairly strong
subsidence behind the passing shortwave should be enough to suppress
any activity til later this afternoon. At that point, there is no
real forcing mechanism in terms of shortwaves, fronts, etc., but
there is a great deal of CAPE as a hot humid airmass persists over
the region. Model average puts max CAPE values around 1500 J/Kg by
late this afternoon. Soundings are quite stable in the low levels as
warm SW flow keeps a warm layer from about 3-6kft capping the
atmosphere. Still with that much CAPE around this warm humid airmass
(dew points in the 60s) can`t rule a few pop up showers from
Looking forward, the overall pattern changes very little through the
weekend. Ridging will hold over the Great Lakes and actually looks
to strengthen on Saturday in response to a stronger wave deepening
in the base of the trough. This will push the jet and corridor of
better forcing further north and west. With the warm and humid
airmass holding firm over the area, chance pops will be featured
most days. This does not mean everyone will see rain everyday. Any
activity will be quite scattered with the lack of forcing mechanisms
thus it is difficult to impossible to zero in on any area days in
There are a couple opportunities in the coming days for more
widespread thunderstorm activity. First will be Friday afternoon as
the trough strengthens and sends a few weak waves northward up
through the area. Current timing looks to coincide with peak heating
which would then be able to utilize the +1000 J/kg of MUCAPE
available. Then on Sunday the main vorticity max at the base of the
trough looks to get picked up by the jet and pass up and around the
ridge. This would take it west then north of the area with the
trailing front swinging up through southern Michigan. This again
could be a day to watch for more widespread thunderstorm activity.
As for next week the pattern breaks down a bit becoming more zonal.
Could start Memorial Day off with some lingering showers but that
looks to get forced eastward by high pressure building in at the
surface and height increasing aloft. This will likely dry the region
out for a few days before the next trough approaches.
Low pressure moving through the western Great Lakes will pull a warm
front through lower Michigan and Lake Huron today. Clusters of
showers and thunderstorms will be most numerous along the front
early in the day. Light south wind will then maintain warm
temperatures and favorable marine conditions through Friday other
than areas of fog resulting from the warm air moving over the cold
lake water. Showers and thunderstorms will remain possible but will
be less organized and mainly confined to areas near land until
Friday night into Saturday. The next low pressure system is due in
the region by then and expected to produce greater coverage of rain
activity. Light south wind will shift light west as the low moves
through the western Great Lakes and pulls a weak front through lower
Michigan and Lake Huron by Sunday.
Issued at 1158 PM EDT Wed May 25 2016
Area of showers and thunderstorms tied to a mid level wave will lift
across south-central lower MI during the early morning period.
Downstream environment across SE MI not nearly as favorable for
maintaining a greater coverage of convection, but remains positioned
to see some degree of shower activity spill into the region. VFR
conditions with any activity, with the probability for thunderstorms
still too low to include. Rather stable conditions in the wake of
this wave through midday Thursday. Increasing coverage of high
based Cu again for the afternoon period.
FOR DTW...Isolated showers in the vicinity at TAF issuance.
Potential for showers through the early morning period, but with
greater coverage now expected to remain north. Very low probability
for a thunderstorm to emerge, but will refrain from any mention at
//DTW Threshold Probabilities...
* Low for ceiling 5000 FT or less late tonight and Thursday.
* Low for thunderstorms affecting DTW/late tonight and Thursday.
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.
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