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FXUS63 KDTX 240657

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
257 AM EDT Wed May 24 2017


Large upper low continues to churn south-southeast across IA and
will move into the OH and TN valleys by tonight.  Then it slowly
moves to the mid Atlantic sea board by Friday.  A surface low will
develop this afternoon over northern KY/southwest OH in response to
wave rotating around the east side of the upper low and the 150+ kt
jet streak. These features will be the main forecast issues over the
next two days.  While the models do exhibit some differences, the
overall flavor is the same for southeast MI.

Southeast MI is in a region of weak forcing this morning with weak
moisture advection. This will keep the scattered high based showers
or sprinkles around this morning. Enough indication of thin spots in
the high clouds that there will be a few filtered rays of sun around
daybreak before a thicker cloud shield develops. Modest Fgen and
deformation will accompany a better theta-e advection pattern from
the southeast over much of the forecast area this afternoon. Model
soundings indicate possibly around 500 J/kg of ML CAPE this
afternoon. This should be good enough for high likely or low
categorical pops for this afternoon with showers and a few storms.
With the clouds and showers around, will go toward the cooler MET
numbers for highs.

The best response with the strongest Fgen, deformation and jet
forcing occurs this afternoon and early evening well south of the
forecast area in Ohio and east central IN. This area will pivot into
the forecast area from southeast to northwest during the overnight
hours. While it will be weakening as it does move into southeast MI,
enough confidence of at least light QPF to have mostly categorical
pops tonight. Instability wanes tonight and will take out any
thunder mention.

Weak deformation axis and surface troughing remain over southeast MI
on Thursday with the upper low centered over OH.  With a little
diurnal boost, expect scattered showers to develop quickly on
Thursday. Again will leave out any thunder mention with modest lapse
rates and little if any CAPE. Like Wednesday, clouds and showers
should keep high temps close to the cooler MET numbers.

Think we can squeeze a dry day on Friday as surface ridge builds
over Lower MI with rising 500 mb heights. Sun will be slow to return
with plenty of low clouds in the morning and mid and high clouds
already returning ahead of the next weak wave in the afternoon.
Speaking of that next weak wave, the NAM and Canadian appear to be
having some convective feedback issues. Meanwhile the GFS and ECMWF
keep the wave weaker and much further to the south.  Will have just
a chance of showers for the far south late Friday night into
Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon is expected to be dry and
warmer ahead of the next cold front. That front and the next wave
still look to move through late Saturday night and Sunday as another
upper low settles over the Great Lakes bringing more cool and
unsettled weather for the beginning of next week.



Low pressure developing over the Ohio valley today will lift north
and near southeast Michigan tonight.  This low will remain in the
vicinity through Thursday before exiting to east by Thursday night.
This will produce a stretch of unsettled weather, resulting in
episodic showers and a few thunderstorms during this time. A period
of moderate northeasterly winds will develop beginning today.
Despite the higher degree of stability over the waters, this
favorable trajectory may generate stronger gusts over Saginaw Bay.
This will warrant a small craft advisory today over the bay. The
steady onshore flow will then result in waves exceeding small craft
conditions for all lake Huron nearshore waters by this evening.  The
long duration will then maintain small craft advisory conditions
through Thursday.  Eastward exit of this low will bring improving
conditions by Friday.



Low pressure developing over the Ohio valley today will lift north
and near southeast Michigan tonight.  This low will remain in the
vicinity through Thursday before exiting to east by Thursday night.
Periods of showers and thunderstorms will develop during this time,
producing rainfall averages ranging from less than half inch north
of I-69 to almost one inch towards the Ohio border.  There may be
locally higher amounts in areas that experience 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.


Issued at 1140 PM EDT Tue May 23 2017


VFR will hold into at least Wednesday morning before deeper moisture
pivots into the area around the closed low over the Mississippi
Valley. Instability/moisture axis will wrap into the Detroit area
approx 17z and FNT/MBS by around 20z bringing showers and a chance
of tstorms. In the wake of the instability axis, forcing remains
rather nebulous, largely dominated by cyclonic flow acting on
abundant deep layer moisture. As a result, expect episodic showers
with deteriorating cigs to at least MVFR Wed eve into Wed night.

For DTW...Best chance of thunder in the airspace will be 17-21z,
earliest in SE sectors and latest in NW sectors. Developing NE flow
tonight will veer to approx due east through Wednesday. Noise
abatement/NE operations will be a consideration for the balance of
the forecast period.


* Low for cigs aob 5kft after 14z. High after 21z.
* Moderate for tstorms to impact the airspace 17-21z.


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



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