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FXUS63 KGRR 240721

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
321 AM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016

Synopsis/Short Term/Long Term/Marine

Issued at 253 AM EDT Sun Jul 24 2016

An area of low pressure will track through the Great Lakes region
today and tonight resulting in showers and thunderstorms at
times. High pressure will move in behind the departing system for
Monday and Tuesday. This will result in a return to the dry
weather. Overall the temperature will remain above normal into the
middle part of the week.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Tuesday)
Issued at 253 AM EDT Sun Jul 24 2016

The main change to the forecast was to increase pops today. One
MCS was track through Southern Lower Michigan at this time. This
will result in increase rainfall for places like
Kalamazoo...Battle Creek and Jackson. Meanwhile a southwesterly
low level jet was pushing through WI. This feature will advect in
abundant moisture as it pushes through Southwest Lower Michigan
this morning. So it appears that the convection upstream of
Muskegon will fill in as it approaches. A small risk for severe
this morning...but instability is somewhat limited.

Depending on how much sun we see for the remainder of the day will
largely determine how much if any strong to severe storms we see
later today. The mid to upper level wave moves in the the cold
front pushing down from the northwest. There is clearing out ahead
of this feature in parts of WI and MN that should track into
Southwest Lower Michigan today. Based on developing instability
and increasing shear...there appears to be a risk for a few severe
storms this afternoon or evening.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Saturday)
Issued at 253 AM EDT Sun Jul 24 2016

Tuesday night looks dry with zonal flow in the upper levels and
ridging/weak flow still in place in the low and mid levels of the
atmosphere. Rain chances increase on Wednesday as both the ECMWF and
GFS show a shortwave approaching from the Upper Midwest. The GFS
features a stronger wave persisting a bit longer into Thursday, but
there is consensus on broad, longwave troughiness late in the week.

Rain and thunderstorm chances will be highest Thursday into Friday
with the surface low moving through the region, but it`s still much
too early to try to get more precise with the timing of convection.
High temperatures will gradually fall from the mid-upper 80s on
Wednesday to the lower 80s for Friday and Saturday.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Sunday night)
Issued at 156 AM EDT Sun Jul 24 2016

VFR conditions are expected most of the time through this TAF
period, but occasional MVFR or even brief IFR will be possible in
an environment supportive of isolated to scattered thunderstorm
development. An area of stratiform rain was moving across Southern
Lower Michigan this morning, with clusters of thunderstorms across
far SW Lower MI and NW Indiana. Light rain is expected to impact
most sites over the next few hours. JXN will be the driest early
this morning.

Scattered thunderstorms have developed over Wisconsin, and that
activity is expected to drift east-southeast over Lower Michigan
after 08-09z. Additional thunderstorm development will be possible
as well. These storms could certainly result in occasional MVFR
vsbys. Aside from multiple storm chances today, winds will
increase out of the southwest after 14z. Gusts should be in the
20-25 kt range this afternoon.


Issued at 253 AM EDT Sun Jul 24 2016

Will go ahead and issue a Small Craft Advisory and Beach Hazards
for part of today. A low level jet will move in this morning. Thus
the wind will increase. The longer fetch supports the region north
of Muskegon. Will need to monitor areas further south as well. The
convection this morning could alter/enhance the its not
certain to happen.


Issued at 1256 PM EDT Sat Jul 23 2016

No river flooding is expected through next week. Up to three
quarters of an inch of precipitation is possible tonight into
Sunday night. A small chance of rain is also in the forecast
Wednesday through Friday. River levels are at or below normal for
this time of year, so this rain should not bring any rivers near
flood. Strong thunderstorms could produce localized rainfall
totals over 1 inch and lead to localized ponding of water.
Rainfall totals will probably vary substantially over short


.GRR Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
MI...Beach Hazards Statement from 11 AM EDT this morning through this
     afternoon for MIZ037-043-050.

LM...Small Craft Advisory from 8 AM this morning to 5 PM EDT this
     afternoon for LMZ847>849.



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