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FXUS63 KGRR 231204

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
804 AM EDT FRI SEP 23 2016


Issued at 330 AM EDT Fri Sep 23 2016

A cold front will slip south of the area today which may touch off a
few showers especially across Southern Lower Michigan. The front
will become stationary just south of the Great Lakes and even though
mainly dry conditions are expected tonight, Saturday and Saturday
night it will likely provide a fair amount of cloud cover to the
area. Cooler and less humid air will begin to flow into the area
today as winds go northerly. Noticeably less humid air will be in
place for Saturday. The next good chance for rain will come Sunday
night into Monday as a cold front sweeps in from the west. Cooler
fall like air will flow in behind this front. Highs will be near
normals for this time of year today through the weekend in the 70s,
cooling into the 60s for mid next week.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday)
Issued at 330 AM EDT Fri Sep 23 2016

Limited concerns overall through the short term with a mainly dry
forecast in place. The cold front is somewhat ill defined at 07z,
but likely is situated somewhere near the I-96 corridor. No showers
were noted in Southwest Lower Michigan near the front. The front may
pass to the south of the area by midday with little fanfare by

Some instability lingers along the I-94 corridor with most unstable
CAPE values forecast to be around 1000 J/KG at 18z. Convection
allowing models are not bullish on precipitation let alone thunder,
so left thunderstorms out of the forecast. Have a 20 percent chance
for isolated showers in the forecast today. Lingered the 20 percent
chances across the far south this evening. Overall not expecting
much in the way of precipitation today or this evening as
convergence along the front should be pushing south of the area.
There is no low level jet support either.

Possibility for some patchy fog issues this morning, but overall not
expecting any issues as the northerly flow should advect in drier
air and mitigate the threat.

Dry weather is forecast from late tonight through Sunday morning as
high pressure noses into the area. Some mid clouds may trend skies
toward partly to even mostly cloudy at times during these forecast

On Sunday a cold front associated with an upper trough advancing
through the plains states will push showers into Western Lower
Michigan during the afternoon hours. Best chances will hold out
until Sunday night, but there will be some precipitation trying to
work in from the west late in the day.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday)
Issued at 330 AM EDT Fri Sep 23 2016

We will see an increase in rain chances at the beginning of the long
term Sunday night, after a break in rain chances for much of the
weekend. The upper ridge that will bring the dry weather to end the
short term will move east of the area toward Sunday night. This will
allow the nrn portion of the Wrn U.S. trough to approach the area.
This will push rain in ahead of the sfc front for Sun night and into

Some uncertainty remains for how long we see much cooler temps and
the threat for showers as the upper trough or low moves through the
region. The speed of this trough/low moving through will be
dependent on how much it closes off. There has been a slight trend
toward a less closed scenario, and slightly more progressive
solution. With this in mind, we have a chance of rain showers
gradually diminishing through Wed with the trough/low near the

We should then dry out for next Thu as long as the system does not
close off and get stuck over the region. Moderating temps aloft with
more sunshine will help sfc temps warm also back to near average


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Saturday morning)
Issued at 803 AM EDT Fri Sep 23 2016

An area of IFR ceilings was dropping south out of Central Lower
Michigan at 12z. These ceilings should move into GRR and LAN
shortly. IFR was already in place at MKG. The IFR should lift into
an MVFR deck at the I96 TAF sites for much of the day. Further
south from AZO to JXN there is some concern the lower ceilings will
make it in as well, but held off for now and forecast VFR
conditions. Overnight, VFR conditions will likely prevail from MKG
to LAN, with MVFR developing at AZO to JXN. Winds will be
northeast at 5 to 10 knots today.


Issued at 330 AM EDT Fri Sep 23 2016

Winds and waves will remain below Small Craft Advisory criteria
through the next couple of days. A front will slide south of the
lake today with high pressure building into the northern Great
Lakes. This will provide an off shore northeast and easterly flow.
Winds will generally be in the 10-15 knot range which given and off
shore flow should keep waves at 2 feet or less in the nearshore

On Sunday a southerly flow will increase ahead of an advancing cold
front. South winds may increase into the 10 to 20 knot range if not
even a bit higher. Therefore, Sunday may be our next time frame of
concern in regard to waves that may reach SCA criteria.


Issued at 305 PM EDT Thu Sep 22 2016

Hydro concerns are minimal through the weekend, as heavy rain is not
expected. The potential for thunderstorms is low, limiting the
threat for localized heavy rainfall. Rivers and streams will remain
below bankfull.


.GRR Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


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