Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KGRR 201909

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

Synopsis/Short Term/Long Term/Marine

Issued at 309 PM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Cold front will continue to slide east across the CWA this evening
bring an end to the storms. Showery cooler and breezy weather
will continue into Sunday. Then a quieter period is expected for Sunday
night through Monday night as high pressure arrives.

The next chance of rain should hold off until Wednesday night
through Thursday night. It will be slightly warmer for the mid and
end of the week with daytime highs mainly in the upper 70 to lower


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday night)
Issued at 309 PM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Severe storms seem most likely to continue through about 21Z. Then
a diminishing trend is expected.

The front will clear the CWA toward midnight and bring an end to
the storms, as well as the warm and humid air. Some lake
enhancement into Sunday will lead to showery weather. Strong
winds behind this system will lead to marine issues tonight into
Sunday evening.

Storms will end by about 03Z with the exit of the cold front. Dew
points will lower and winds will increase through the night,
making for more comfortable conditions.

With H8 temps of 10C coming across the lake, and water temps
around 25C, we will see lake clouds and scattered showers much of
Sunday. Drier air moves in later in the day and we should see
these diminish and perhaps some sunshine late in the day. Highs
only low to mid 70s.

The drier air continues to filter in Sunday night as surface and
upper ridging moves in. We should remain dry through Monday night
as the ridge slides over the region. Slightly warmer Monday with
return flow coming in.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Saturday)
Issued at 309 PM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Long term discussion to be updated shortly.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
Issued at 156 PM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Looks like main area of thunderstorms is currently moving across
the forecast area. Some gusts exceeding 30 kts will be possible
with a predominant direction from the southwest. There are some
indications that another line of storms will move through the area
tonight, but that should be a narrow line with less strong wind
potential. Details on this second line will be refined with the
00Z package.


Issued at 309 PM EDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Will keep headlines as is. We still make approach gales mainly
north of Muskegon late tonight, but this looks marginal enough to
stay the course with the current headlines.

A very rough day is expected on the lake Sunday with WNW flow to
30 knots. Beach hazards will also be high for anyone hoping for
a beach day. Swimming is highly discouraged. Certainly an
unusuallystrong synoptic storm that impacts weekend plans.

Slow improvement is expected Sunday night. It still appears Monday
and Monday night will be better as winds lessen and turn to the


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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