Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Detroit/Pontiac, MI
FXUS63 KDTX 211942
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
342 PM EDT THU JUL 21 2016
Line of thunderstorms will bring brief widespread wind gusts of 30
to 40 kt this evening as they propagate east along the lead edge of
the elevated instability gradient. Surface-based component exists as
evidenced by consistent wind gust production, but 850-700mb cap
evident on 18z DTX sounding is really causing the line to struggle.
Nonetheless, it continues to march east and will likely bring a
round of tstorms of moderate wind gusts to nearly all locations.
Marginally severe gusts still cannot be ruled out as the maximally
destabilized portion of the CWA still lies ahead.
Attention then turns to convective potential tonight, the forecast
for which has been upended a bit by today`s MCS-that-could. The next
round of thunderstorms has begun to develop over western Wisconsin
along the north edge of the instability gradient. These storms will
try to build east as the gradient allows them to slowly sag south
this afternoon, but the further east they build they closer they
will become in a temporal sense to the recently overturned
environment over Lower MI. The forecast plays this strongly and
really attempts to limit eastward potential with highest chc pops
west of US-23. Steeper lapse rates and LLJ feed will nonetheless
fold into the area warranting chc pops over most of the area through
tonight. Diminished instability and potential for remnant subsidence
wake/diabatic heating bubble cast doubt on severe potential.
Potential for upscale organization diving south along the deep layer
thermal gradient still exists, but it appears it will be largely
confined to upstream locations within the corridor of optimal
surface based instability. Not out of the question that a severe
complex impinges on western areas, but high end/widespread severe
threat is now diminished.
Hot/humid airmass remains in place through Friday. Additional
convectively enhanced ripples in the flow will provide a potential
focus for forcing conditional on tonight`s convective evolution. The
preferred scenario is that sufficient convection develops tonight to
shunt the bulk of instability south for Friday. In the event that
convection severely underachieves over WI/Western Lower, a marginal
severe threat will persist along the instability gradient through
Friday. Otherwise, expect the main character of the day to be
similarly humid but noticeably hotter given an expected lack of
convection. Will carry heat advisory onward given heat index
forecasts of around 100 degrees. Instability gradient and associated
moisture axis sag south Saturday. Deeper mixing that results may
provide the hottest day temperature-wise, but diminished humidity
will confine heat indices closer to the ambient temperature.
SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Late Monday/early Sunday, an area of low
pressure centered over western Ontario, will generate another round
of hot and muggy conditions and a potential for showers and
thunderstorms, as the associated weather front moves through
southeast Michigan on Sunday/Monday. High pressure builds over the
region by Monday afternoon and persists through Wednesday. Another
wave of low pressure is expected for Thursday/Friday.
Moderate southwest flow will persist into tonight in advance of
surface trough. Scattered to broken convection will also expand
across Lake Huron this afternoon and eventually into southernmost
waters late afternoon and early this evening as an MCS crosses the
central Great Lakes. There may be a few showers or storms along
aforementioned surface trough overnight as well with some of this
activity perhaps lingering into Friday, generally south of Lake
A weak pressure gradient will then maintain light winds through the
remainder of the weekend. The next chance for organized thunderstorm
activity will come Sunday into Sunday night as a low pressure system
crosses through the northern Great Lakes and pushes a cold front
east through the area.
A complex of thunderstorms will bring locally heavy rainfall to the
area from late afternoon into early this evening. Basin wide average
rainfall of one quarter to locally one half an inch can be expected
over much of the area before these storms weaken and progress east
While additional isolated to scattered thunderstorms will be
possible later tonight into Friday, the next chance of widespread
thunderstorms will come Sunday into Sunday night as a low pressure
system and associated cold front cross the region. Average rainfall
in the one quarter to one half inch range seems reasonable with this
system as well.
Issued at 113 PM EDT Thu Jul 21 2016
While MCS has attempted to rejuvenate this morning/early afternoon,
recent trends suggest this system is becoming less organized with
time, especially within the southern portions. Northern parts of the
complex remain most formidable, so still expect a decent band of
storms to move through MBS and probably FNT early in the forecast,
18z-20z. PTK south is a tougher call, but still feel slightly weaker
and more scattered convection may move through in the 20z-23z time
frame. Otherwise, southwest flow will gust into the 20-25 knot area
through 22z-00z today. Overnight convective potential is highly in
question and will not include in this forecast. Will have to further
evaluate once this initial MCS progresses SE of the area.
For DTW...Most organized portion of ongoing MCS should remain north
of terminal, but expect some convective potential by 20z-21z or so
as, at the very least, additional storms induced by outflow from the
MCS percolate through the area for several hours. Meanwhile, wind
gusts should push 20 knots with southwest flow into early evening.
//DTW Threshold Probabilities...
* Medium in thunderstorm potential mid to late afternoon.
* Low for ceilings aob 5000 ft during the afternoon.
MI...Heat Advisory until 10 PM EDT Friday FOR MIZ047>049-053>055-060>063-
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.
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