Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Detroit/Pontiac, MI
FXUS63 KDTX 262301
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
701 PM EDT MON SEP 26 2016
There is a diurnal contribution to the cu field based on recent
satellite, so there will be some decrease in the clouds during
the evening. The west-southwesterly flow off Lake Mi will however
support some additional cloud cover during the night. Ongoing low
level cold air advection will hold inversion bases relatively
high, so expect nighttime cloud cover to be based at or above 5000
ft. The loss of daytime heating will also lead to a drop in the
gustiness to the winds. This drop will be rather gradual during
the evening given the rather tight gradient. This gradient should
actually hold southwest winds around 10 knots through the
For DTW...In addition to the gustiness easing during the evening,
the decrease in the mixed layer will also support a slight backing
of the wind field to the southwest (220 to 230 degrees). Winds will
then increase in the 15 to 17Z time frame on Tuesday as daytime
heating increases the boundary layer depth. The gradient on Tuesday
will support a more southwesterly direction.
//DTW Threshold Probabilities...
* Low in ceilings at or below 5000 ft tonight and Tuesday.
Issued at 318 PM EDT Mon SEP 26 2016
Forecast issues will center around the slow migration of a large
upper low pressure system as it shifts southward from its current
position over the northern Great Lakes this afternoon to the Ohio
Valley by late Wednesday. While model differences remain, suite has
more or less settled into solution best captured by the ECMWF over
the past 2 or 3 days. Namely, having the closed low pivot sharply
south/southeast through the area and then cut off to the south and
southeast of the area through the middle of the week.
Lead shortwave pivoting around the base of this upper low will exit
the forecast area late this afternoon, with mid level dry slot more
or less shutting down shower chances for the rest of the day and
actually all/most of the night for a large portion of the forecast
Will have to back off on precipitation chances as wraparound
moisture associated with this low pressure center will be delayed
until at least Tuesday afternoon and most likely Tuesday night for
the southeastern portion of the forecast area. This is largely due
to the fact that the center of this system wobbles back to the
southwest and then drops south along the length of Lake Michigan
Tuesday and Tuesday night before shifting into far lower Michigan
Will maintain relatively high precipitation chances overnight
Tuesday night through Wednesday given this scenario and then taper
back somewhat overnight Wednesday night as the low settles south of
the area. Greater uncertainty is already creeping back into the rain
forecast by this time frame as it is certainly possible that a lobe
of vorticity may pivot back southwest into area around this low and
maintain a good chance of showers for at least parts of southeast
lower Michigan into Wednesday night.
In addition to better shower chances into Wednesday, instability
also increases as beginning of warm conveyor pivots back west into
the general area around the upper low as it settles just south of
the area. This will promote embedded thunderstorm activity, first
over the relatively warm Great Lake waters, but most likely across
the whole area during peak instability Wednesday afternoon. NAM12
produces pocket of SBCAPE near 1000 J/kg by that time with HiRes
NMM/ARW suggesting a very similar progression with instability on
the increase from the east/southeast by 12z Wednesday.
As for temperatures, expect a very fall-like period as temperatures
hover near late September averages. Generally, this will mean highs
ranging from the lower 60s north to mid/upper 60s south with low
temperatures large in the 40s with 50 degree readings confined to
the inner Metro Detroit urban heat island and also areas adjacent
the relatively mild waters of the Great Lakes.
Cooler temps and unsettled weather will continue to dominate the
extended forecast period. An upper level closed low will be over
the central Great Lakes region through the weekend. Changes will
still be in play concerning the track of the low as models have it
sliding to the south Thursday then back northward over the area this
weekend. This will lead to a continual chance for unsettled weather
with highs in the upper 60s. The upper level low finally starts to
shift away from the area by the beginning of next week.
Small craft advisories remain in effect through Tuesday on account
of persistent fresh offshore flow from the southwest. Wave action
will be somewhat suppressed in the nearshore zones but maximum wave
heights will likely exceed 10 feet at times over portions of central
Lake Huron. Winds and waves will begin to diminish late Tuesday. Low
pressure will then stall south of the Great Lakes for the remainder
of the week, setting up several days of moderate to occasionally
fresh wind from the northeast and east.
Lake Huron...Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT Tuesday FOR LHZ421-422-441>443.
Lake St Clair...Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT Tuesday FOR LCZ460.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT Tuesday FOR LEZ444.
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