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FXUS63 KGRR 020727
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
327 AM EDT SUN AUG 2 2015

LATEST UPDATE...
SYNOPSIS/SHORT TERM/LONG TERM/MARINE

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 318 AM EDT SUN AUG 2 2015

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE LOOKING MORE LIKELY FOR THIS EVENING
WITH THE PRIMARY HAZARD BEING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. ADDITIONAL
THREATS INCLUDE SOME LARGE HAIL AND ALSO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.
COOLER AND DRIER CONDITIONS WILL MOVE IN FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY
WITH PERHAPS SOME RAIN RETURNING TO THE AREA FOR THURSDAY.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 318 AM EDT SUN AUG 2 2015

VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME SEVERE WEATHER TODAY ESPECIALLY
AFTER 21Z...STARTING IN OUR NW COUNTIES. PRIOR TO THIS...A MORNING
THUNDERSTORM IS POSSIBLE FROM LUDINGTON TO CLARE...AND A FEW
STORMS MAY FIRE THIS AFTERNOON THOUGH MORE WIDESPREAD ACTIVITY
HOLDS OFF UNTIL 21Z AND BEYOND. DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE OUR PRIMARY
CONCERN THOUGH THE ENVIRONMENT WILL SUPPORT A FEW ROTATING CELLS
WITH AN ISOLATED TORNADO POSSIBLE ACROSS SW LOWER MI.

MOST HI RES MODELS PAINT A SIMILAR PICTURE FOR OUR AREA THIS
EVENING...WITH AN IMPRESSIVE SQUALL LINE EXPECTED ALONG THE COLD
FRONT AS IT MOVES INTO THE CWA FROM AS EARLY AS 21Z OR 22Z NEAR
LUDINGTON AND PROGRESSING SE INTO THE REMAINDER OF THE CWA FROM 00Z-
04Z. DEEP LAYER SHEAR HAS ONLY LOOKED BETTER AND BETTER WITH THIS
EVENT...NOW FORECAST TO BE 40-50 KNOTS ESPECIALLY FOR OUR CENTRAL
AND NORTHERN COUNTIES. THE LLJ ALSO LOOKS IMPRESSIVE...AROUND 50
KNOTS RIGHT OVER US AROUND 00Z.

WITH MOST OF THE AREA STAYING DRY THROUGH THE MORNING AND EARLY
AFTERNOON HOURS...WE WILL BE IN A WELL MIXED ENVIRONMENT WITH HIGHS
SURGING INTO THE UPPER 80S TO NEAR 90 (ESPECIALLY FROM GRR TO LAN
AND SOUTH) AND SYNOPTIC WIND GUSTS OF 30-35 MPH EXPECTED. SB CAPE
READINGS WILL LIKELY REACH 3000 J/KG OR HIGHER THIS
AFTERNOON/EVENING (THE NSSL WRF IS SHOWING 4000+ J/KG...YIKES).
COMBINED WITH 0-1KM HELICITY READINGS OF 200-300 M2/S2 AHEAD OF
THE FRONT...OUR REGION WILL NOT ONLY BE FAVORED FOR WIDESPREAD
DAMAGING WIND GUSTS/BOWING LINE SEGMENTS BUT ALSO AN ISOLATED
TORNADO OR TWO NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION EITHER ALONG OR JUST AHEAD
OF THE SQUALL LINE. LARGE HAIL IS ALSO POSSIBLE WITH ABUNDANT CAPE
IN THE ICE GROWTH ZONE...AND WOULD BE MORE OF A CONCERN IF
COINCIDENT WITH STRONG WIND GUSTS WITHIN THE SQUALL LINE.

LOOKING AT THE NCAR HI RES ENSEMBLE FORECASTS...NUMEROUS SIGNS POINT
TO SEVERE WEATHER. ONE ITEM OF NOTE IS THE PROBABILITY OF 0-1 KM SRH
EXCEEDING 300 M2/S2. BETWEEN 21Z-00Z...THE ENSEMBLE MEAN PROB PLOT
IS SHOWING 60%-80% FROM MKG/BIV TO GRR/AZO. WHILE THE MAIN SQUALL
LINE MAY BE NORTH OF THESE LOCATIONS AT THAT POINT...WILL NEED TO
WATCH FOR ANY ISOLATED CELLS THAT TRY TO POP AHEAD OF THE LINE AS
WELL GIVEN THESE VERY HIGH SRH VALUES.

WITH THE LLJ SOLIDLY 50 KNOTS...IT WILL NOT BE DIFFICULT FOR THESE
WINDS TO MIX DOWN WITHIN THE SQUALL LINE. THE CONVECTIVE MODE OF THE
HI RES MODEL SIM Z PLOTS (IE. NAMDNG...NSSL WRF...AND THE
EXPERIMENTAL HRRR) SUGGESTS BOWING LINE SEGMENTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG
THE SQUALL LINE. INTERESTINGLY...THE WRF ARW/NMM ARE CONSIDERABLY
LESS OPTIMISTIC WITH WIDESPREAD CONVECTION ACROSS OUR CWA...AND MORE
FOCUSED ON NORTHERN IL. THIS SCENARIO SEEMS LESS LIKELY GIVEN THE
STRONG FORCING...MOISTURE ADVECTION...AND INSTABILITY FEATURED ALL
ALONG THE FRONT TONIGHT.

REGARDING THIS MORNING...A FEW THUNDERSTORMS OVER CENTRAL WISCONSIN
WILL TRY TO MOVE INTO THE LAKE SHORE REGION FROM PENTWATER TO THE
NORTH BETWEEN 10Z-12Z. THEY ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE SEVERE IF THEY
MAKE IT TO THE LAKE SHORE...BUT I SUPPOSE THERE IS A LOW RISK FOR
SOME HAIL. RESIDUAL CLOUDINESS FROM THIS ACTIVITY MAY DELAY
DESTABILIZATION SOMEWHAT FOR OUR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN
COUNTIES...BUT STILL THINKING THAT THE ATMOSPHERE WILL RECOVER BY
THE AFTERNOON WITH DEEPER MIXING OCCURRING.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY WILL LARGELY STAY DRY OUTSIDE OF A FEW POP UP
AFTERNOON SHOWERS. COOLER READINGS IN THE MID 70S ARE EXPECTED.

&&

.LONG TERM...(TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 318 AM EDT SUN AUG 2 2015

TEMPERATURES WILL BE SEASONABLY COOL THROUGH THE LONG RANGE FORECAST
PERIOD AND AVERAGE AROUND 5 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS TIME
OF YEAR WITH MAX TEMPS IN THE 70S AND MIN TEMPS MAINLY IN THE 50S. A
SFC HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE WILL BRING FAIR WX TUESDAY NIGHT AND
WEDNESDAY.

OVERALL MEDIUM RANGE GUIDANCE TRENDS INCLUDING THE 00Z ECMWF SHOW
INCREASING POTENTIAL FOR RAIN TO MAKE IT INTO OUR FCST AREA THURSDAY
THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT TO THE NORTH OF A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT
WILL PASS JUST SOUTH OF LWR MI. RAISED POPS THURSDAY TO ACCOUNT FOR
THIS. BEYOND THAT FAIR AND TRANQUIL WX IS ANTICIPATED FRIDAY THROUGH
NEXT WEEKEND AS A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE CENTERED OVER JAMES BAY CANADA
TAKES HOLD OF OUR WX PATTERN.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z SUNDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 1218 AM EDT SUN AUG 2 2015

VFR CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT THROUGH MOST OF SUNDAY.
ANY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON WILL
MOST LIKELY STAY NORTH OF ALL THE TERMINALS. A COLD FRONT WILL
BRING WIDESPREAD RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

THE STRONGEST STORMS COULD CONTAIN BRIEFLY VERY GUSTY WINDS IN
ADDITION TO FREQUENT LIGHTNING... HEAVY RAIN AND POSSIBLY SOME
HAIL. CONDITIONS COULD BRIEFLY DETERIORATE TO IFR/LIFR AS THE
THUNDERSTORMS MOVE THROUGH FROM NW TO SE SUNDAY EVENING.


&&

.MARINE...
ISSUED AT 318 AM EDT SUN AUG 2 2015

ROUGH CHOP ON THE LAKE TODAY WITH IMPRESSIVE WINDS EXPECTED FOR
THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST...POSSIBLY REACHING 30 KNOTS. WAVES WILL
LIKELY REACH 3 TO 6 FEET WITH SOME OVER 6 FEET POSSIBLE. A SQUALL
LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS THIS EVENING WILL POSE A HIGH RISK TO
MARINERS...WITH STRONG WIND GUSTS SHIFTING FROM THE SW TO NW AS IT
MOVES THROUGH. LIGHTNING WILL ALSO BE A THREAT.

&&

.HYDROLOGY...
ISSUED AT 255 PM EDT SAT AUG 1 2015

LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL ON SUNDAY WILL BE THE MAIN HYDRO CONCERN OVER
THE NEXT WEEK. GIVEN THE RECENT DRY WEATHER... BASIN AVERAGE QPF OF
A HALF TO AROUND AN INCH SHOULD BE EASILY HANDLED BY THE LARGER
RIVER SYSTEMS. POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR MINOR HEAVY RAIN IMPACTS
INCLUDING ROAD PONDING AND RISES OF SMALLER CREEKS AND RIVERS...
PRIMARILY IF THUNDERSTORMS TEND TO PERSIST OVER A GIVEN AREA.

&&

.GRR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MI...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING FOR MIZ037-043-
     050-056-064-071.

LM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 8 AM EDT MONDAY FOR LMZ844>849.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...HOVING
SHORT TERM...HOVING
LONG TERM...LAURENS
AVIATION...LAURENS
HYDROLOGY...CAS
MARINE...HOVING


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