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FXUS63 KDTX 122255

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
655 PM EDT Thu Oct 12 2017


Regional satellite data with latest sfc obs and terminal radar
indicate a steady feed of low level moisture from nrn Ohio/cntl Lake
Erie into Se Mi. This resultant low level convergence axis has been
focused across metro Detroit and the Irish Hills, resulting in
fairly widespread drizzle and low stratus (IFR and LIFR) at the
Detroit Terminals and PTK. The subtle downslope component farther
north appears to be holding the stratus base at or just above 1k ft
at FNT and MBS. The low level flow will veer toward the south this
evening, focusing the better low level moisture convergence into
the thumb region. Subtle low level cooling is also expected to lift
inversion bases slightly, likely resulting in some lifting of cloud
bases. Based on sfc obs across nrn/cntl Indiana, there is likely to
be wide fluctuation in ceilings heights late tonight into Fri
morning. Ample boundary layer moisture may however support some fog
development, particularly if any breaks in the stratus occur.

For DTW...IFR cigs should persist through the evening before the
better moisture convergence becomes focused farther north. The
potential for dense fog carries generally low confidence as it will
be heavily dependent on any breaks in the stratus developing
overnight into Fri morning.


* High for ceilings below 5000 ft tonight and Friday.

* Low for visibilities at or below 1/2 SM tonight and Friday


Issued at 317 PM EDT Thu Oct 12 2017


Moist low level airmass remains in place (12z DTX sounding indicated
8 C dew pt at 925 and 850 MB), as inverted surface trough/return
moisture arches north in between the Central and Eastern Great
Lakes. With low clouds socked in all the way west through the Midwest
and south of the Ohio River, a cloudy forecast tonight seems like a
sure bet, with potentially enough low level moisture/isentropic
ascent/slight cooling of the boundary layer for some very light
rain/drizzle and fog.

Strong upper level trough/energy tracking through the Pacific
Northwest, with the positive tilted trough moving into the Northern
Plains on Saturday. Moisture axis/850-700 MB Theta-E ridge folding
over into southern Lower Michigan Tonight-Tomorrow morning, with the
axis then lifting to Saginaw Bay Saturday afternoon as warm front
pulls north. Looks like a tight low level baroclinic zone will
subsequently set up over southeast Michigan on Saturday, with maxes
around 60 degrees in/around Saginaw Bay, with temps around 80 degrees
toward the Ohio Border based on 925 mb temps reaching AOA 20 C.

Main moisture axis with cold front looks to be tracking through
around 12z Sunday, and looks to be out ahead of the excellent large
scale forcing/mid level cold pool (-29 C at 500 MB), and thus little
in the way of instability. Regardless, 60 knots at 850 MB will have
to be watched closely, but looks like there will be a stable
warm/dry bubble around that level. Even if no thunderstorms/convection
develops along the front, should be a pretty good wind pop behind
the front with good cold air advection advertised Sunday morning.
Although, the very good (28-30 MB) 6 hr rise/fall pressure couplet
will be displaced north over the U.P., and thus planning on just
advertising wind gusts on Sunday to around 40 MPH for now, in line
with our local SREF weighted probabilistic guidance. But wind gusts
to 45 mph certainty possible across the Thumb Region, per 12z
operational Euro, as the surface low continues to rapidly deepen as
it tracks into Quebec.

A chilly overnight period is expected Monday morning as temperatures
dip down into the upper 30s across most of SE MI, and lower 40s
across the Metro Detroit urban areas. While MOS guidance suggests
clearing skies Sunday night into Monday morning, upper-level
troughing and embedded shortwaves seen in long-range guidance may
act to keep cloud cover around which would keep lows in the lower
40s. As a result, opted to leave out the mention of frost
possibilities despite dew points nearing the freezing mark across
Flint to the Tri-Cities.

Upper-level ridging is then expected to move in from the Central
Plains to the Great Lakes throughout Tuesday and will hold across
the eastern half of the U.S. through most of the week, bringing dry
conditions and plenty of sunshine to the area. Additionally, WAA
will increase starting Tuesday through the weekend, which will push
daytime highs back into the mid to upper 60s starting Wednesday.
Temperatures in the lower 70s are not out of the question across the
Metro Detroit region if temperatures overachieve. Overall, quiet
weather is expected for most of the extended period as temperatures
warm-up throughout the week.


East to southeast flow will continue over Lake Huron through
tonight, with weaker northeasterly flow across Lake St. Clair and
the western shores of Lake Erie as weak high pressure slowly builds
across the region. Winds will veer to south southwesterly Friday
ahead of an approaching frontal boundary that will impact the waters
this weekend with periodic rain. A surge in winds will be possible
late in the weekend as an area of low pressure develops along the
frontal boundary and tightens the pressure gradient. Small craft and
gale force conditions will be possible.

Small Craft Advisories will remain in effect for the nearshore
waters of southern Lake Huron and outer Saginaw Bay through tonight
for waves of 3-5 feet. Waves over the open Lake Huron waters will be
higher at 5-8 feet. Wave heights will subside Friday and into
Saturday, before increasing again Sunday in response to the
developing area of low pressure.


A frontal boundary will approach southeast Michigan this weekend,
with an area of low pressure developing along it for the latter half
of the weekended. This frontal boundary will bring another round of
showers and periods of steadier rain to the region, along with
possible thunderstorms. There still remains some uncertainty as to
how far east the frontal boundary reaches in proximity to southeast
Michigan, which may determine the location of highest rainfall
amounts. Regardless, rainfall amounts in excess of one inch will be
possible across at least a portion of southeast Michigan this


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



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