Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Detroit/Pontiac, MI
FXUS63 KDTX 262307
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
707 PM EDT Wed Apr 26 2017
The primary short term aviation concern will be with showers/storms
ongoing in isolated fashion from central Lower Michigan southward to
a larger complex over Illinois/Indiana that is moving quickly toward
Lower Michigan during the evening. There are indications this
activity will follow the prefrontal trough northward into central
Lower Michigan where the boundary has become a trough/lake breeze
hybrid from Lake Michigan. A weakening trend is also anticipated due
to the loss of daytime heating and instability, although remnant
showers could produce MVFR/brief IFR impacts mainly north of PTK.
Plan to hold off on the mention of thunder due to the weakening that
is expected but will add a tempo for showers for mid to late evening.
Outside of the evening convection, VFR will remain in place through
tonight at all terminals as the cold front over the Midwest takes
until mid Thursday morning to move eastward. The front will be
preceded by light south wind during the night under a low level jet
slightly below the 30 knot low level wind shear criteria for
inclusion in the TAF. Surface wind gusts around 30 knots are then
expected to develop before the frontal passage and persist past the
westerly wind shift through the afternoon. A chance of thunderstorms
will remain in the forecast to encompass the strong frontal passage
with VFR to follow into Thursday evening.
For DTW... The path of showers/storms over Indiana is expected to
remain west and north of DTW through the evening. VFR will then
become more firmly established during the night ahead of the cold
front that is expected to arrive at the terminal around 19Z Thursday
afternoon. Gusty south wind will develop during the morning before
the front with a chance of thunderstorms as the front moves through
//DTW THRESHOLD PROBABILITIES...
* Moderate for ceiling 5000 ft or less Thursday afternoon.
* Low for thunderstorms tonight. Moderate along the front Thursday.
Issued at 344 PM EDT Wed Apr 26 2017
Ample insolation combined with strong south/southeasterly transport
has supported a solid temperature rise this afternoon. The
temperature rise has been slightly muted east of the limiting
streamline (evidenced by the density discontinuity observed as a
fine line in KDTX reflectivity imagery) attendant to the west end of
Lake Erie (owing to widespread lake shadowing withing the strong
flow). Temperatures west of the boundary have touched 80F, while
remaining in the lower to mid 70s in the lake shadows.
Moisture quality is slowly increasing over western Lower Michigan -
as witnessed by increasing boundary layer cumulus and even some
small scale shower development. The ribbon of better lower-
tropospheric moisture is expected to slip east through the next
several hours. An isolated shower or two is possible as this occurs;
however, given the slightly lower surface temperatures and resultant
slightly more stable environment, expectations are for any robust
development to tied to the better congestus field along the lee of
Lake Michigan convergence zone. This feature is expected to sweep
northeast and may eventually affect the Saginaw Valley during the
evening. Otherwise, high level cloudcover is expected to slowly
overspread the region during the evening hours, as convection over
the mid-Mississippi valley continue to mature.
The mature surface low, located over northern Wisconsin, will
continue to move north/northeast. The accompanying cold front is
roughly aligned along the mean steering flow vector - which will
limit the eastward progression through the night. Consequently, the
deep moisture plume along the cold front will take all night to
advance east into portions of Southeast Michigan. Additionally, the
quality of the deep moisture will decrease substantially as it loses
connection with moisture transport from the Gulf of Mexico.
During the day Thursday, the cold front will be dominated by
confluent flow - limiting the ability to provide a solid ribbon of
ascent. Therefore, expectations are for only a couple of broken
lines of convection along the boundary as it slides through during
the midday hours. Instability along the boundary is expected to be
rather meager - but may be sufficient to produce some scattered
thunderstorm activity. The flow in the column will remain strong and
will support gusty conditions across all of Southeast Michigan, with
the possibility of convectively enhanced gusts certainly possible
(thus the SPC Marginal Risk for severe weather).
The next is the series of strong western CONUS systems will dig into
the southern Plains by Saturday. Moisture transport in response the
deepening surface low will set the stage for period rainfall chances
across the southern Great Lakes region starting late Friday. The
system is expected to strengthen substantially through the weekend
and lift northeast into the western Great Lakes region by early
Monday. During the development timeframe, several waves of rainfall
will be possible across southeast Michigan. Cooler than normal
conditions are expected for several days in the wake of the system.
Moderate pre-frontal southeast wind will remain in place through
tonight. Existing higher degree of stability will continue to limit
higher gust potential, with gusts capped at or below 25 knots during
this time. Winds will turn to southwesterly as a cold front slips
through by late Thursday. The combination of increasingly gusty
conditions and a period of wave heights above 3 feet will lead to a
marginal small craft condition Thursday across Saginaw Bay and the
lake Huron nearshore waters. There will be a low probability for
thunderstorms with the cold frontal passage early Thursday
afternoon. Winds and waves will diminish Thursday evening as high
pressure builds into the region. Lower southwest winds speeds
expected Friday as this high sustains a weaker gradient.
Lake Huron...Small Craft Advisory from 10 AM to 10 PM EDT Thursday for LHZ421-
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.
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