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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
330 PM EDT FRI APR 18 2014

LATEST UPDATE...
SYNOPSIS/SHORT TERM/LONG TERM/FIRE WEATHER

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 330 PM EDT FRI APR 18 2014

A PLEASANT WEEKEND IS IN STORE WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES AROUND 60
SATURDAY AND NEAR 70 ON EASTER SUNDAY. A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY MAY
PRODUCE A FEW LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS NORTH OF GRAND RAPIDS ON SATURDAY
NIGHT AND SUNDAY OTHERWISE EXPECT PLENTY OF SUNSHINE OVER THE
WEEKEND.

MONDAY WILL BE RATHER MILD AS WELL... WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS
AREAWIDE. HOWEVER COOLER TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S WILL FOLLOW FOR
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY BEHIND A COLD FRONT WHICH PASSES THROUGH ON
MONDAY NIGHT.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 330 PM EDT FRI APR 18 2014

NOT MUCH GOING ON IN THE SHORT TERM. COMBINATION OF CLEAR SKIES
AND DRY AIR MASS ASSOCIATED WITH A SFC RIDGE WILL RESULT IN LARGE
DIURNAL TEMP SWINGS OF 30 DEGREES OR MORE OVER THE WEEKEND.

TYPICALLY IN THIS REGIME WE SEE CAN SEE LOWS 5 DEGREES BELOW MOS
GUIDANCE AND HIGHS 5 DEGREES WARMER THAN MOS. THIS MAY DRIVE
AFTERNOON RH VALUES DOWN BELOW 30 PERCENT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
AFTERNOONS... POSSIBLY CREATING A SLIGHTLY ELEVATED FIRE RISK.

FOR THE MOST PART THE CLOUDS AND RAIN SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL BE TO OUR NORTH AND WEST OVER THE WEEKEND.
THIS IS GOOD NEWS AS SOME FLOODING STILL CONTINUES ALONG THE
MUSKEGON RIVER.  IF SHOWERS DO OCCUR ALONG THE U.S. 10 CORRIDOR...
AMOUNTS SHOULD BE MOSTLY UNDER ONE QUARTER INCH.

.LONG TERM...(MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 330 PM EDT FRI APR 18 2014

WE CONTINUE TO TO WATCH TWO DIFFERENT SYSTEMS IN THE LONG TERM. THE
FIRST SYSTEM IS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE LONG TERM...WHILE THE OTHER
IS AT THE END OF THE PERIOD. WE HAVE NOT REALLY MADE ANY CHANGES TO
THE FIRST SYSTEM. WE ARE NOW SIDING WITH THE COOLER SOLUTION FOR THE
SYSTEM AT THE END OF THE PERIOD...SO WE HAVE TRENDED TEMPS DOWN A
BIT FOR LATE NEXT WEEK.

IT STILL LOOKS LIKE WE COULD SEE SOME DRY AND WARM WEATHER EARLY ON
MON...ESPECIALLY THE FURTHER SE YOU GO. A STATIONARY FRONT WILL
START OUT THE DAY MAINLY NORTH OF THE AREA. A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE
IN FROM THE WEST LATER IN THE DAY AS A SRN STREAM WAVE AND NRN
STREAM WAVE BOTH MOVE INTO THE AREA. IT WILL BE AT THIS TIME THAT
RAIN CHCS WILL INCREASE EVERYWHERE. THIS WILL LAST INTO EARLY TUE
UNTIL THE UPPER TROUGH PASSES THROUGH THE AREA. COLDER AIR WILL THEN
FILTER INTO THE AREA.

WE WILL SEE A DRY AND COOL PERIOD THEN FOR LATER TUE THROUGH WED
NIGHT. WE WILL SEE AN UPPER RIDGE SLOWLY BUILD TOWARD THE AREA. HIGH
PRESSURE CENTERED NORTH OF OUR AREA WILL USHER IN COOL AIR WITH THE
NRLY FLOW AHEAD OF THE SFC RIDGE. THIS AIR WILL NOT BE NEARLY AS
COLD AS THIS PAST TUE...AS HIGH SHOULD END UP WELL INTO THE 50S.

YESTERDAY IT APPEARED THAT WE MAY BE HEADED FOR ANOTHER MAJOR WARM
UP FOR THE END OF NEXT WEEK. THE CONFIDENCE IN THE WARM UP HAS BEEN
REDUCED DRASTICALLY...AS WE NOW BELIEVE IT WILL BE COOLER AND MORE
WET. WE ARE FOLLOWING THE MODEL AND ENSEMBLE CONSENSUS MINUS THE GFS
SUITE WHERE THE UPPER LOW WILL BE WEAKER AND THE WARM AIR WILL NOT
MAKE IT AS FAR NORTH AS PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED.

IT SEEMS THAT THE GFS IS AN OUTLIER WITH THE WARMER SOLUTION WITH A
STRONGER UPPER LOW. THE GFS APPEARS TO BE EXHIBITING ITS COMMON BIAS
OF HAVING TOO STRONG OF AN UPPER LOW DUE TO ABNORMALLY STRONG SHORT
WAVES LIKELY DUE TO CONVECTION. THE OTHER MODELS AND EURO ENSEMBLE
FAVOR A WEAKER LOW AND FURTHER SOUTH...WHICH WOULD END UP COOLER. WE
HAVE NOT ENTIRELY BOUGHT INTO THIS YET...BUT HAVE TRENDED THE FCST
COOLER AND WETTER.


&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 111 PM EDT FRI APR 18 2014

A RATHER BENIGN PERIOD FOR AVIATION INTERESTS WITH VFR EXPECTED
FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND LIKELY WELL BEYOND. DIURNAL
CUMULUS/STRATOCUMULUS CLOUDS ARE DEVELOPING THIS AFTERNOON WITH
COOLER AIR MOVING IN. THESE CLOUDS ARE 3500 FT AND ABOVE AT THE
TERMINALS...AND ARE ONLY EXPECTED TO LIFT HIGHER THIS AFTERNOON.
WE EXPECT SCT CLOUDS CLOSER TO THE LAKE...AND MORE BKN INLAND.

DIURNAL CLOUDS WILL DIMINISH STEADILY THIS EVENING...AND SKIES
SHOULD GO CLEAR. NNW WINDS WILL GRADUALLY BECOME NE OVERNIGHT AND
EVENTUALLY SE ON SAT. MAINLY CLEAR SKIES ARE EXPECTED ON SAT WITH
HIGH PRESSURE OVERHEAD.

&&

.FIRE WEATHER...
ISSUED AT 330 PM EDT FRI APR 18 2014

AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER MAY DEVELOP THIS WEEKEND AS AFTERNOON
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FALL TO 30 PERCENT OR LESS WITH WINDS
AROUND 10-15 MPH. FIRES COULD SPREAD EASILY SINCE GREEN UP HAS NOT
YET OCCURRED AND THE FINE FUELS ON THE GROUND ARE DRY EVEN THOUGH
SOILS ARE MOIST FROM RECENT RAINS.

&&

.HYDROLOGY...
ISSUED AT 125 PM EDT FRI APR 18 2014

RIVER FLOODING HAS BY NO MEANS ENDED ACROSS THE MUSKEGON RIVER.
MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING CONTINUES...WITH EVART FINALLY FALLING
BELOW MAJOR FLOOD STAGE BY LATE TONIGHT / EARLY SATURDAY. THE
CROTON DAM CONTINUES TO STEADILY RELEASE LESS FLOW DOWNSTREAM...AND
SHOULD FALL BELOW MODERATE FLOOD BY SATURDAY MORNING. HIGH WATER
WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT TRAVEL AROUND THE RIVER THROUGH THE
WEEKEND AND WILL STILL BE AFFECTING MANY PROPERTIES THAT HAVE
ALREADY FLOODED. NO RISES ARE FORESEEN ON THE MUSKEGON RIVER
THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

AREAL FLOODING CONTINUES THROUGHOUT NEWAYGO COUNTY...WHICH HAS NOT
RECOVERED FROM HIGH WATER IMPACTS TO THE ROAD SYSTEMS. AS
SUCH...THE AREAL FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE COUNTY FOR SOME
WATER COVERED ROADS THAT ARE IMPEDING TRAVEL.

ELSEWHERE...RIVER FLOODING HAS SUBSIDED CONSIDERABLY ON THE PERE
MARQUETTE...WHITE...AND CHIPPEWA RIVERS. THE GRAND RIVER IS
RUNNING HIGHER THAN NORMAL AT THIS TIME BUT NO SERIOUS IMPACTS TO
HOMES OR PROPERTIES ARE OCCURRING.

&&

.GRR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MI...NONE.
LM...NONE.
&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...MEADE
SHORT TERM...MEADE
LONG TERM...NJJ
AVIATION...NJJ
FIRE WEATHER...MEADE
HYDROLOGY...HOVING









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