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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
406 PM EDT THU APR 28 2016

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 354 PM EDT THU APR 28 2016

WV IMAGERY AND RAP ANALYSIS INDICATED MID/UPPER LEVEL RIDGING FROM
SASK THROUGH THE NRN LAKES ATOP A TROUGH FROM SW MN INTO SW WI. AT
THE SFC...NW LOW LEVEL FLOW PREVAILED INTO UPPER MI BETWEEN HIGH
PRES FROM NRN MANITOBA INTO NRN ONTARIO AND A TROUGH FROM ERN IA
INTO THE OH VALLEY. LIGHT RAIN FROM CNTRL WI INTO CNTRL LOWER MI WAS
SUPPORTED BY MID LEVEL FGEN/DEFORMATION AHEAD OF THE MID LEVEL LOW.
OTHERWISE...SUNSHINE WITH AREAS OF MID/HIGH CLOUDS REMAINED ACROSS
UPPER MI.

TONIGHT...ALTHOUGH SOME VERY LIGHT RAIN OR SPRINKLES MAY BE POSSIBLE
NEAR MNM LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...VERY DRY LOW LEVEL
AIR WILL MINIMIZE ANY CHANCE FOR MEASURABLE PCPN. EVEN WITH
DIMINISHING WINDS...EXPECT ENOUGH MID/HIGH CLOUDS TO KEEP TEMPS FROM
DROPPING BELOW THE LOW 30S.

FRIDAY...HIGH PRES WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE AS A SHORTWAVE AND
ASSOCIATE LIGHT PCPN PASSES NORTH AND EAST OF LAKE SUPERIOR. A
WEAKENING NE GRADIENT FLOW WILL STILL BE BOOSTED BY LAKE SUPERIOR TO
KEEP TEMPS IN THE MID TO UPPER 40S NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.
OTHERWISE...850-800 MB TEMPS AROUND -1C WILL SUPPORT INLAND TEMPS
INTO THE MID TO UPPER 50S. EXPECT PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AGAIN WITH FEW
MID/HIGH CLOUDS BUT MORE INLAND CU.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 403 PM EDT THU APR 28 2016

A FAIRLY PERSISTENT PATTERN APPEARS TO BE IN THE OFFING ACROSS THE
CONUS/SRN CANADA OVER THE NEXT 1-2 WEEKS. IN GENERAL...
RIDGING/POSITIVE HEIGHT ANOMALIES OF VARYING AMPLITUDE WILL BE THE
RULE ACROSS ROUGHLY THE W HALF OF CANADA WITH HEIGHT ANOMALIES
PEAKING EARLY NEXT WEEK. THIS WILL IN TURN FAVOR TROFFING OVER ERN
CANADA AND AT TIMES INTO THE ERN CONUS. THIS TROFFING WILL REACH
PEAK AMPLITUDE THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK. MEANWHILE...IT APPEARS
ENERGY APPROACHING THE W COAST WILL SPLIT...SUPPORTING REDEVELOPMENT
OF A CNTRL/SRN ROCKIES TROF ON A FAIRLY REGULAR BASIS. THIS PATTERN
FAVORS BLO NORMAL PCPN FOR THE UPPER LAKES UNLESS THE ERN TROF
RELAXES SUFFICIENTLY TO ALLOW ENERGY EJECTING FROM THE MEAN ROCKIES
TROF TO LIFT FAR ENOUGH NE TO BRING MORE SIGNIFICANT PCPN INTO THE
UPPER LAKES. THUS...THERE IS LITTLE PCPN IN THE FCST FOR AT LEAST
THE NEXT 7 DAYS. ONE SHORTWAVE DROPPING THRU NRN ONTARIO OVER THE
WEEKEND MAY BE ACCOMPANIED BY SOME -SHRA...BUT WITH TRACK OF WAVE
JUST NE OF UPPER MI...PCPN IS UNLIKELY TO DEVELOP THIS FAR
S...ESPECIALLY WITH INSTABILITY LACKING. WOULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY
IF WE WERE MUCH FARTHER INTO THE WARM SEASON. DOWNSTREAM OF THE WRN
CANADA RIDGE WHICH REACHES PEAK AMPLITUDE EARLY NEXT WEEK...STRONGER
SHORTWAVE ENERGY WILL BE FORCED TO DROP FARTHER S INTO THE GREAT
LAKES REGION. AS A RESULT...ASSOCIATED COLD FROPA WHICH SHOULD OCCUR
TUE NIGHT WARRANTS LOW CHC POPS. AT THIS POINT...THAT`S THE ONLY CHC
OF RAIN FROM SAT THRU THU.

AS FOR TEMPS...THE EXPECTED PATTERN MOSTLY FAVORS NORMAL TO BLO
NORMAL TEMPS FOR UPPER MI. AWAY FROM THE INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT
LAKES...AN OVERALL DRY COLUMN ON MOST DAYS WILL SUPPORT RATHER LARGE
TEMP RANGES FROM NIGHTLY MINS TO AFTN MAXES. THRU THE WEEKEND...
TEMPS AT NIGHT WILL LIKELY DROP TO OR BLO FREEZING IN THE INTERIOR
COLDER AREAS. AFTN TEMPS SHOULD RISE TO AROUND 60F AWAY FROM THE
COOLING INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT LAKES. SOME WARMING WILL BEGIN
MON...BUT MORE SO TUE AS W TO SW FLOW DEVELOPS AHEAD OF APPROACHING
SHORTWAVE/COLD FRONT WHICH SHOULD ARRIVE TUE NIGHT. HOW WARM WILL
DEPEND ON THE TIMING OF THE COLD FRONT. COOLER WEATHER...ESPECIALLY
CLOSER TO LAKE SUPERIOR...WILL FOLLOW FOR WED WITH HIGH PRES
BUILDING TOWARD NRN ONTARIO. LOOKING FARTHER AHEAD...RECENT NAEFS
OUTLOOKS CONTINUE TO KEEP UPPER MI ON THE EDGE OF A LARGE AREA OF
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPS BEING FAVORED OVER WRN CANADA/NRN ROCKIES/NRN
PLAINS AND NORMAL TO BLO NORMAL TEMPS BEING FAVORED OVER SE CANADA.
SO...IT APPEARS TEMPS ACROSS UPPER MI WILL OVERALL REMAIN FAIRLY
CLOSE TO NORMAL HEADING INTO THE SECOND WEEK OF MAY.

WITH THE DEVELOPING DRY SPELL AND MOSTLY COOL WEATHER...ESPECIALLY
AT NIGHT...KEEPING GREENUP SLOW...FIRE WX CONCERNS WILL BE AN ISSUE
AT TIMES FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 1-2 WEEKS. AS IT STANDS RIGHT
NOW...OVER THE NEXT 7 DAYS...TUE WILL LIKELY BE THE DAY OF MOST
CONCERN AS IT SHOULD BE THE WARMEST DAY WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR
BREEZY W TO SW WINDS AHEAD OF APPROACHING COLD FRONT. HOWEVER...WITH
THAT FROPA 5 DAYS OUT...TIMING OF THE FRONT WILL LIKELY CHANGE SOME
IN THE COMING DAYS.
&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 127 PM EDT THU APR 28 2016

VFR CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE TAF PERIOD WITH SCATTERED TO
BROKEN MID-HIGH CLOUDS AND NE WINDS GENERALLY UNDER 12 KTS. GUSTS
OF 15 TO 20 KTS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON.
&&

.MARINE...(FOR THE 4 PM LAKE SUPERIOR FORECAST ISSUANCE)
ISSUED AT 354 PM EDT THU APR 28 2016

LAKE SUPERIOR WILL REMAIN SITUATED BETWEEN HI PRES NEAR HUDSON BAY
AND A PAIR OF LO PRES SYSTEMS DRIFTING E THRU THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY/
FAR SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES THRU THIS WEEKEND. THIS PRES PATTERN FAVORS
CONTINUED NE WINDS UNDER 20 KTS FOR MOST OF LAKE SUPERIOR. THE BEST
CHANCE FOR STRONGER ENE WINDS UP TO 25 KTS WILL BE OVER THE WESTERN
LAKE...WHERE TERRAIN INFLUENCES WILL FUNNEL AND ACCENTUATE THE NE
FLOW...TODAY AND PERHAPS SAT WHEN THE PRES GRADIENT WILL BE
SHARPEST. AS A HI PRES RIDGE DRIFTS OVER THE UPPER LAKES SUN
NIGHT...WINDS SHOULD BECOME LIGHT. WSW WINDS UP TO 20 KTS WILL
PREVAIL EARLY NEXT WEEK AS THIS RIDGE AXIS SHIFTS TO THE S AHEAD OF
A COLD FRONT DROPPING THRU ONTARIO.
&&

.MQT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
UPPER MICHIGAN...
NONE.
LAKE SUPERIOR...
NONE.
LAKE MICHIGAN...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JLB
LONG TERM...ROLFSON
AVIATION...JLB
MARINE...JLB



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