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FXUS63 KGRR 201652

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
1252 PM EDT SAT AUG 20 2016

Mesoscale Discussion

Issued at 1252 PM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Low end risk of severe storms still exit over most of the CWA.
MLCAPE values of over 1.5K J/KG continue to expand over the
eastern half of the CWA...roughly from CAD-AZO eastward. This is
the area of highest risk as the line progresses east.

Areas NW of a CAD-MKG line have lowering MLCAPEs as the line
passes and appear to no longer have a threat of severe storms.


Issued at 315 AM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Thunderstorms with locally heavy rain and gusty winds will
preceded a strong cold front that will come through the area
tonight. all areas will see rain from this system. The storms will
be out of the area by mid evening then a brief clearing is
expected. Sunday will see mostly cloudy and breezy conditions with
scattered showers. Skies will clear by Monday and cooler
conditions will continue. A warm up starts Tuesday.


Issued at 1130 AM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Main time frame for severe weather is from now through about 7
PM. This is when the nose of the low level jet will cross the CWA.
It seems to support the bulk of the strongest storms will be north
of a LWA-LAN line. Bulk shear values will mainly be around 30
knots much of this time period which also supports some organized

The present line that was over Lake Michigan appears to be the
main line. MLCAPE values are somewhat modest inland from the
line, with 1K to 1.5K J/KG generally east of U.S. 131, and this
should allow the line to increase in intensity this afternoon.
Some convective allowing models show another, perhaps weaker, line
also develops behind the current line, which will need to be


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Monday)
Issued at 315 AM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

The main issue is will we see severe storms today? There is no
question about rain, all areas will see the thunderstorm with
this frontal system. The other issue is the extend to which lake
effect rain showers develop Sunday.

All the models do something very similar with this storm system
today. The all show the low level jet getting strangers as the
core of max wind speed moves northward from north of Ludington to
near the Big Mac bridge by midnight. This puts Southwest Michigan
in the speed differenced area of the low level jet, which is not
good for severe storms. The moisture transport vectors (1000 to
850 mb) support storms across the area with the strongest storms
north of Muskegon. Some of the storms will have heavy rainfall
thanks to precipitable water values near 2 inches once again.
Going with this overall idea the 700 to 300 mb Q-Vectors show best
lift moving through the western upper peninsula this evening. The
models all agree the upper level wave assoicated with this storm
will go negative tilt the afternoon. There will be coupled jet
assoicated with this happening too. All of this will happen in
such a way as to support the strongest storms north of Muskegon
this afternoon.

All of the high resolution models show the storms crossing
Southwest Michigan during the mid afternoon. That fits with the
idea of the low level jet coming on shore over western Lower
Michigan at that time.

This all clears out late this evening, then lake effect rain
showers follow Sunday with clearing Sunday night. The models show
Southwest Michigan being inside the upper jet Sunday, that means
we will be in the deep cold air and typically that means lake
effect rain showers. This idea is supported by 850 temps falling
to near 10c with lake temps near 25c, that gives us the 15c
difference needed lake effect showers. The low levels will be
moist enough for this to happen too. So Sunday will be breezy with
mostly cloudy skies, gusty winds and cool temperature and do not
forget the scattered rain showers.

The polar jet once again crosses the area Sunday evening. That
takes us out of the deep cold air so skies should clear after
midnight Sunday night. Upper level ridging moves into the area
Monday so skies should be mostly sunny.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Friday)
Issued at 315 AM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

We`ll see a couple of dry days as we start the long term period.
High pressure over the eastern Great Lakes will slowly drift east.
The cooler temperatures realized during Sunday and Monday will warm
to 80 by Tuesday as south flow develops.

An approaching cold front will generate more showers and storms
Wednesday through Thursday with high probabilities Wednesday night.
The mid week system looks similar to the current one in that the low
pressure driving the cold front will be well north of the cwa. Temps
will fall into the 70s behind the front.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Sunday morning)
Issued at 740 AM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

MVFR fog/haze prevailed at most of the TAF sites at 11z but this
should be gone by 15z or so. The real issue is the line of
thunderstorm with the cold front that is heading this way. I used
the HRRRX for timing in the 12z TAF`s. There is a core of 30 to
40 knot winds in the 3000 ft to 5000 ft layer this afternoon as
the storms come through. It is more than possible some of this
wind will mix down as the storm come through. I could see IFR
visibilities at least briefly as the storms move through the TAF
sites early this afternoon.

Behind the storm skies will clear for a good part of the night
only to have the low clouds move in toward morning.


Issued at 315 AM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

No changes area expect. I kept Small Craft Advisory and Beach
Hazard Statements as they were (changed wording so it reflects
wording for today). I seems to me the models have a touch less
wind today then I saw a few days ago when I last worked. Even so,
it would not surprise me to see winds increase to gale force this
evening. That will have to be watched for sure.


Issued at 100 PM EDT Fri Aug 19 2016

Most rivers have crested or will very soon. The rivers within the Grand,
Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph river basins are flowing at or above the 90th
percentile for this time of year compared to historical readings. Any
added rainfall will continue to keep the rivers elevated. 24 hour rainfall
ending Saturday morning is not expected to cause additional rises. Locally
heavy rains Saturday afternoon and evening may need to be watched for
excessive runoff into elevated rivers given saturated soils in place.
In general, basin average amounts are expected to be 0.50"-1.00" through
Saturday night. This may, at the least, slow some of the receding flows
but could cause new rises into the weekend.


.GRR Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
MI...Beach Hazards Statement through late Sunday night for MIZ037-043-

LM...Small Craft Advisory until 1 AM EDT Monday for LMZ844>849.



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