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FXUS63 KGRR 191753

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
153 PM EDT Fri May 19 2017


Issued at 306 AM EDT Fri May 19 2017

A low pressure system developing in Texas will track north
northeast through the weekend. As a result...this system will
spread increasing amounts of moisture into the Great Lakes region.
Clouds will thicken up today and showers may begin arriving from
the south in the afternoon. Then...wet weather is expected through
Saturday night.  The showers will come to an end on Sunday.


Issued at 743 AM EDT Fri May 19 2017

The approaching area of showers...currently in Illinois was only
slowly dissipating. Thus it looks like more in the way of shower
activity can be expected this afternoon for southern parts of the
CWA. I also lowered temperatures slightly given more in the way of
clouds along with some possible showers.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday)
Issued at 306 AM EDT Fri May 19 2017

The main challenge is whether it will rain today. I ended up
introducing POPs to the afternoon forecast for southwest

Most of the models now support bringing some showers in from the
southwest this afternoon. The warm front located south of the
region will lift northward through tonight. Moisture will be on
the increase through tonight. The initially dry airmass this
morning is shown to give way to deeper moisture by evening. A mid
level shortwave in IA...tracks northeast during the day. Moisture
advection ahead of this feature is fairly it should be
able to saturate the atmosphere later in the day...enough for some
rain. We may need to increase POPs even further this afternoon if
this feature holds together as it moves in.

Tonight through Saturday Night...several waves of rain are
expected. The shortwave that moves in this evening...should have
some showers with it. Then another arrives Saturday morning. This
one will have elevated instability to work with. As a result I
added thunder to the forecast for much of the region for Saturday
am. Then with an unseasonably moist airmass in place...featuring
deep moisture...a cold front approaches from the west Saturday
afternoon into Saturday night. This system will squeeze the
moisture in place leading to abundant showers and some
thunderstorms. Mid level lapse rates do steepen up during the
night and deep layer shear stronger is possible
then. Rainfall could be heavy as  well.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday)
Issued at 306 AM EDT Fri May 19 2017

We are looking at one main system that is expected to impact the
area in the long term. This will likely be around the area from Mon
night through Wed night/early Thu.

We will see drier weather for Sun night and Mon compared to the wet
first half of the weekend. The front should be well east of the area
by Sun night, and it looks like the upper low and clouds/pcpn with
it should stay west and north of the area, leaving us in the dry

The break in the weather will be brief as it looks like rain chances
will increase Mon night and linger through Wed Night. A large upper
low complex over Ontario will drive another strong short wave down
over the area from the NW. As the associated sfc low approaches and
strengthens, some Gulf moisture will advect north ahead of it. Being
on the warm side of the low on Tue, there will be a thunder threat.

Widespread rain will shift east of the area Tue night as the sfc low
moves east. We will then develop a more showery pattern for Wed and
Wed night as the upper low slowly rotates east/southeast. Cooler
temperatures can be expected during this time also with the cold
pool aloft with the low overhead.

There is good agreement that we should see conditions improve on
Thursday. The upper low/trough axis shifts east of the area at that
time. Skies should clear out, and temperatures should moderate


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 152 PM EDT Fri May 19 2017

A mix of VFR and MVFR ceilings continue across the area at 18z,
with some lower cloud bases hanging on. Given a cool
northeasterly flow do not think we are going to entirely erode
these ceilings as some models suggest this afternoon. Periods of
light rain can be expected this afternoon and early evening, but
visibility will not be affected much.

Overall expect the precipitation to lighten up and most likely
end this evening. Ceilings will try to lift to VFR tonight. A
stronger push of precipitation and lower ceilings will come mid
morning on Saturday with MVFR conditions likely then. Winds will
be easterly the next 24 hours at 10 to 20 knots.


Issued at 306 AM EDT Fri May 19 2017

Decided to extend the small craft advisory through most of the
morning. Waves remain elevated...and they are forecasted to only
slowly subside this am. Around Holland and Muskegon...the slight
offshore component will support low wave heights there within a
mile or so...but bigger waves will persist further out this


Issued at 1131 AM EDT Fri May 19 2017

Rivers levels have returned to near normal. Expecting rain totals
ranging from a half inch in Central Lower Michigan to over an inch
in Southern Lower Michigan today through Sunday with locally higher
totals possible. Another stretch of precipitation is possible Monday
night through Friday. Some river rises are likely with this rain,
but not expecting flooding at this time. Smaller streams and rivers
may need to be watched for above bankfull rises. Main stem rivers
should be able to handle this rainfall fine unless guidance trends




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