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FXUS63 KGRR 291808

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
208 PM EDT MON AUG 29 2016


Issued at 330 AM EDT Mon Aug 29 2016

Plenty of sunshine should be seen today as high pressure will be
situated across the Great Lakes region. Slightly less humid air will
be in place today making for more pleasant conditions. The high will
slide off to the southeast of the area tonight allowing a cold front
to approach from the north on Tuesday. The front will move through
Southwest Lower Michigan Tuesday night and off to the south on
Wednesday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast
Tuesday through Tuesday night. There will be some lingering showers
and storms Wednesday morning towards Interstate 94. Highs will
remain in the 80s Monday and Tuesday, cooling into the 70s for the
latter half of the work week.


Issued at 1104 AM EDT Mon Aug 29 2016

We have issued an update this morning, really to only account for
the stratus hanging on this morning across Central Lower. It has
persisted thus far, but should mix out within the next hour or so
with plenty mixing expected.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Wednesday)
Issued at 330 AM EDT Mon Aug 29 2016

Main focus in the short term is on the cold front forecast to
traverse the area Tuesday into Wednesday. Models are still showing
scattered showers and storms associated with the front. Maintained
the 30-40 pct chance wording in the forecast. The main shortwave
aloft stays well north of the area and the low level jet is forecast
to be weak on the order of 20 knots. Not expecting severe weather
given weaker wind fields and 0-6km bulk shear values on the order of
20 knots as well. CAPE values are forecast via the ECMWF to be in
the 1000-1500 j/kg range. Much of the precipitation may be confined
to Central Lower Tuesday afternoon, slowing moving south with the
front Tuesday night. Models have trended a bit slower with the front
which will likely linger some showers across the south Wednesday

Otherwise, quiet weather is expected Today through Tonight with the
high in place. Only cloud will be some cirrus debris from upstream
convection. Decreasing clouds are expected post front on Wednesday.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Sunday)
Issued at 330 AM EDT Mon Aug 29 2016

A comfortably cool air mass will continue to filter into MI Thursday
as a deepening troughing takes place over New England. This brings
northern upper flow and a Canadian high pressure over the region.
With H8 temps dropping to around +8C, highs will just be 70 to 75
both Thu and Fri, and a few upper 60s daytime highs will be possible.

Upper ridging begins to build into the region by Fri night and into
the weekend leading to a moderating trend, bringing temps back to
around normal.

Otherwise the extended period looks quiet with either surface or
upper ridging in place.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday afternoon)
Issued at 208 PM EDT Mon Aug 29 2016

SCT to BKN cloud cover this afternoon with bases around 2500 feet
AGL. Clouds will diminish this afternoon and conditions should be
mostly VFR through 06Z. Expect fog forming late tonight bringing
patchy IFR. Vfr is expected after about 14Z but thunderstorms
could bring some local IFR by late morning.


Issued at 330 AM EDT Mon Aug 29 2016

High pressure will provide very quiet conditions out on Lake
Michigan from today through tonight. Tuesday looks to be a low wind
and wave day as well, with winds 10 knots or less for the most part.

Tuesday night through Wednesday night looks to be a period when
waves will be up on Lake Michigan, potentially reaching small craft
advisory criteria. Winds will be northerly and of the cold air
advection variety. Highest waves will be at the south end of the


Issued at 1100 AM EDT Mon Aug 29 2016

The Portage River at Vicksburg has fallen below flood stage and is
slowly receding, so the Flood Warning has been canceled. Showers
and thunderstorms Tuesday into Wednesday are expected to provide
basin-average rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter inch.
Dry weather the rest of the week signals a low flood potential.


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