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FXUS63 KGRR 270022

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
822 PM EDT MON SEP 26 2016


Issued at 300 PM EDT Mon Sep 26 2016

Seasonably cool weather will continue through the rest of the week
along with a considerable amount of cloud cover and scattered rain
showers. The best chance for rain will come late Tuesday through
Wednesday. High temperatures will reach the 60s through the rest
of the week.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday night)
Issued at 300 PM EDT Mon Sep 26 2016

Windy conditions will continue through late this afternoon into
early evening as deep mixing continues. Wind speeds will diminish
after sunset.

Lake induced stratocu will move into our northern fcst area late
this afternoon through tonight as suggested by 12z nam/gfs low
level rh progs and as h8 temps continue to fall to around 3 to 4
C. Scattered rain showers will also develop over our northern fcst
area tonight as the upper low moves further south and as lake
induced instability increases.

The upper low and associated deep moisture/colder air aloft will
continue to sink further south across our fcst area Tuesday.
Therefore extensive stratocu will continue to develop and move
further south. Showers will increase in coverage from north to
south Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night.

A few thunderstorms are possible as well tomorrow afternoon and
evening due to instability from daytime heating and as the pool of
colder air aloft tied to the upper low moves in.

The lake component to the pcpn will be lost Wednesday as sfc winds
become northeasterly with the sfc low over Ohio by then. However
it will remain mostly cloudy and cool with numerous showers
through the day with the upper level low overhead.

Several vorticity maxima pinwheeling around the upper low will
enhance showers from time to time through the day. We lowered the
max temp fcst for Wednesday as met/mav numerical guidance is several
degrees too mild given the synoptic pattern and extensive
clouds/showers/ne winds by then.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Monday)
Issued at 300 PM EDT Mon Sep 26 2016

The main feature to impact the weather in the long term will be the
mid level low that is currently tracking into the region.  Trends in
the model data suggest that the low will persist longer than
previously forecasted.  Both the GFS and new High Res Euro have this
feature over north central Kentucky to start the period.  The on
Saturday morning the system is shown to be generally in the Indiana
to Ohio region.  With cyclonic flow aloft...relatively low heights
in place and a moist airmass around...there will be some showers in
the Great Lakes Region right into Sunday.  Unseasonably cool
temperatures are for the most part expected.

For now...will feature a dry forecast for Monday.  If models trend
in a similar fashion as they have this week...we may need to add
showers in for Monday as well.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Tuesday evening)
Issued at 820 PM EDT Mon Sep 26 2016

VFR ceilings will be in place the next 24 hours, lowering from
6000-8000ft this evening to around 3500ft by Tuesday evening. The
clouds will thicken as we head through the day on Tuesday. An
upper low slowing moving into the area from the north will be
responsible for the cloud cover. In addition to the clouds,
scattered showers will occur tonight into Tuesday morning. The
showers will become numerous Tuesday afternoon and evening. MVFR
ceilings and visibilities will be possible in the heavier showers
on Tuesday.

A threat for a weak thunderstorm is possible through about 03z
this evening, and again Tuesday afternoon. The storms this evening
are only producing a few strikes and will likely continue to fade
this evening. Due to the remote nature of the storms and overall
small chances did not include in the TAFs.

Winds have already subsided considerably this evening and will be
west southwest at 7-15 knots through the night. After 14z, winds
will increase once again to 14-28 knots.


Issued at 300 PM EDT Mon Sep 26 2016

A small craft advisory remains in effect through early Wednesday
morning. Brisk west winds to 30 kts in conjunction with relatively
cool air moving across unseasonably warm Lake MI waters will
result in wave heights in the 6 to 10 foot range through tonight
and Tuesday. Waterspouts and a few thunderstorms are possible
Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night as the coldest air aloft
tied to the upper level low moves over the lake.


Issued at 300 PM EDT Mon Sep 26 2016

River levels are around normal for this time of year. Lake effect
showers are possible this evening into Wednesday. Rain showers are
possible Thursday into Sunday. With less than a half inch of rain
expected through the end of the week, rivers and streams should
remain below bankfull into the weekend.


.GRR Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
LM...Small Craft Advisory until 8 AM EDT Wednesday for LMZ844>849.



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