Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDTX 230924

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
524 AM EDT Tue May 23 2017


A high coverage of mid level cloud will continue to stream across
the southeast Michigan airspace through the period.  Greater
prospects for some lower ceilings will exist at MBS/FNT given closer
promixity to a stalled mid level frontal boundary, but confidence in
development of MVFR level restrictions remains low.  This corridor
will also maintain a higher probability for scattered/intermittent
showers, with isolated embedded thunder possible.  Modest south to
southeast winds through the daylight period, becoming light easterly


* None.


Issued at 314 AM EDT Tue May 23 2017


Models in decent agreement with the forecast over the next couple of
days, especially for the first 24 to 36 hours. Differences then
noted Wednesday afternoon and evening with the location of the
TROWAL/deformation on the north side of the upper low which leads to
less confidence in this features evolution.

Today will be focused on a wave lifting out of Western WI and
eastern IA as the main upper low over MN dives south. Forcing along
the 850-700 mb front, which will remain nearly stationary over
central lower MI, along with diurnal heating will be the trigger for
likely chances of afternoon showers and storms north and west of a
OZW to Sandusky line. ML CAPEs only reach about 500 J/kg this
afternoon across the northern forecast area, so expect a likely
showers with a chance of thunderstorms afternoon and into the early

The forecast area is between features for much of the overnight into
Wednesday morning. The shortwave that brings this afternoon`s
convection pushes northeast while any showers around the upper low
stay west and south of the forecast area.

From Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night will be watching
the development of a TROWAL in a region of strong and deep
deformation and FGen on the northeast flank of the upper low that is
diving southeast into the OH and TN valleys. Also some upper support
with a piece of energy rotating around that upper low and good upper
divergence. There is some disagreement with the placement of these
features with the GFS and ECMWF being the farthest north...the NAM
and Canadian in the farther south camp. Given the position of the
upper low, thinking any errors will be on the north side of the
envelope. Still thinking there will be a good solid rain event for
the southern half of the forecast area, just not widespread 1+ inch
rainfall totals. In addition to the possible error in placement,
precipitable waters only reach 1 to 1.25 inches with modest increase
in theta-e (no theta-e ridging). Suspected the high pops will work
well but that the models are again overdoing the QPF yet again this

Thursday remains unsettled with cyclonic low level flow with lower
500 mb heights near the upper low. Shortwave ridge with the weak
surface ridge may be enough to keep Friday and Saturday dry (and
warmer on Saturday, closer to average) before the next system moves
through Saturday night and Sunday.


Relatively light winds will exist today throughout the region as
weak surface troughing lingers.  Winds will become northeasterly and
increase tonight and Wednesday as strengthening low pressure lifts
into the Ohio valley.  This long fetch of moderate onshore flow
could result in waves exceeding small craft advisory threshold for
Saginaw Bay and southern Lake Huron late Wednesday and Wednesday
night.  Gradual decrease in wind speed and wave heights as low
pressure exits the region Thursday.


Low pressure developing over the Ohio valley Wednesday will stall
and intensify through Wednesday night. A band of rain is expected to
develop on the north side of the system and spread into Lower
Michigan late Wednesday and Wednesday night. Rainfall totals
averaging 0.75 inch are likely with locally higher amounts in
thunderstorms. Ponding of water on area roads and in other prone
areas is likely, especially considering the widespread activity over
the weekend that left the ground saturated in most areas.


Lake Huron...NONE.
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.



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