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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Marquette MI
736 AM EDT WED JUL 27 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 454 AM EDT WED JUL 27 2016

Satellite imagery this morning is showing cloud cover stretching
from the central U.P., westward to into the Northern Plains. Water
vapor imagery shows a shortwave over western MN. Radar trends show a
broken line of showers and thunderstorms across south central Upper
Michigan stretching westward into norther WI. This appears to be
developing along or just ahead of a weak cold front sliding south
through the area.

Today: The aforementioned cold front is progged to continue sagging
very slowly southward through the area today before stalling south
of the U.P. tonight. The cold front will be the main focus for
scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning along the WI border
into south central Upper Michigan this morning, with much of the
remainder of the U.P. only seeing increased cloud cover. Hi-Res
model solutions have been struggling to pin down the convection
early this morning and have been of little help. Attention then
turns to the aforementioned approaching shortwave over western MN
this morning. After timing this feature out, it looks as if the best
time for increased shower and thunderstorm activity would be between
15Z and 00z as the shortwave slides through the Upper Great Lakes
region. Again, the best chances have been kept across mainly the
south half of the U.P. as this will be where the better forcing,
instability and moisture are focused, along and just ahead of the
front. CAPE values this afternoon are progged to be around 500-1000
J/kg with about 25 to 30 knots of shear oriented parallel to the
front. This combination should help keep the severe weather risk
fairly low across the area.

Tonight: The front and shortwave continue southeastward tonight as
drier, anticyclonic flow/high pressure slides into the U.P. from the
north. This should effectively end the chances of showers and
thunderstorms across most of the area by early evening, except for
the far south central portions of the U.P. where an isolated shower
may linger through late evening. Skies will also begin to clear from
the north allowing for a bit cooler night tonight with portions of
the inland west seeing temperatures dropping into the low 50s.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday)
Issued at 424 AM EDT WED JUL 27 2016

As advertised by medium range guidance late last week, weak troffing
will develop into the Great Lakes region and se Canada over the next
few days, but 500mb heights will only fall to around normal for late
July. This will spell a more comfortable period of weather for the
Upper Great Lakes with temps overall around normal to slightly blo
normal thru the end of the week. Early next week, heights will be on
the rise again as a ridge builds into the Great Lakes in response to
a trof developing into the Pacific NW. Latest GEFS shows 500mb
heights rising to 1.5 standard deviations above the long term early
Aug avg over the Upper Lakes by Tue evening. So, another round of
very warm, humid weather is in the offing early next week. Looks
like it may be relatively short-lived as medium range guidance is
indicating a progressive pattern across southern Canada that will
push the Pacific NW trof thru the Upper Great Lakes mid to late next
week. Looking farther ahead, CPC/NAEFS outlooks favor above normal
temps for the area in the 8-14 day time frame. However, NAEFS
outlook does have a large area of near to blo normal temps across
much of Canada, so cooler air could slip into Upper MI at times. As
for pcpn, a dry period is shaping up as sfc high pres dominates the
area late week on the backside of the weak troffing. The dry weather
could then very well persist thru early next week due to the
mid/upper ridge building over the area. The next best chance of pcpn
would then occur around mid week as the Pacific NW trof approaches.

Beginning Thu, sfc high pres will be more firmly building into the
Upper Great Lakes, pushing cold front well s toward the Ohio Valley.
There will be some cloud cover to start the day across the southern
fcst area on the backside of a shortwave and associated shra/tsra
moving across WI/lwr MI. Otherwise, expect a mostly sunny, more
pleasant day with highs in the 70s and dwpts finally falling into
the more comfortable low/mid 50s across the area. N to ne wind to
start the day and then meso high developing over Lake Superior in
the aftn will result in coolest conditions near Lake Superior.
However, with sfc water temps into the 60s across southern Lake
Superior, the cooling power of the big lake is loosing its punch.

With clear skies, light winds and precipitable water one-half inch
or less Thu night, favored the low side of avbl guidance, especially
over the w half under sfc high pres ridge and lowest precipitable
water. Traditional cold spots will fall down into the 40s, perhaps
as low as the lower 40s. Temps will range up to around 60F along
Lake Superior.

High pres will be over the area on Fri, allowing lake breezes across
the board. Fcst soundings suggest cu development in the interior,
especially where the Lake Superior and Lake MI lake breezes meet.
High temps will be similar to Thu, but a little warmer near Lake
Superior. Mins Fri night will be similar to Thu night, but with
precipitable water a little higher, lowest mins should not be as low
as Thu night.

With high pres slipping a bit to the e on Sat, Lake Superior lake
breeze won`t move as far inland. Slight increase in 850mb temps will
result in max temps Sat being a couple of degrees higher than Fri
for most locations. Temps will be up around 80F away from the
lakeshores.

Sun-Tue...steady warming and an increase in dwpts will occur under
slowly rising heights and low-level s to sw flow. By Tue, expect
high temps into at least the mid/upper 80s. Can`t totally rule out
isold convection if any shortwaves emerge from the Pacific NW trof.
At this point, influence of high pressure and anticyclonic flow
should maintain dry conditions into at least Monday. Shra/tsra
chances should begin to increase Tue into Wed.
&&

.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Thursday morning)
Issued at 735 AM EDT WED JUL 27 2016

Predominantly VFR conditions are expected at each of the TAF sites
through much of this forecast period. The only caveats are some
patchy BR near IWD this morning which will drop vis at times early
this morning before mixing up through the day, while the other is
the potential for rain showers and vcts at times for the IWD TAF
site and SAW TAF site. The best timing will be as an upper level
disturbance slides through the area between 17Z and 21Z. CMX will be
far enough away from the instability to only see a slight chance of
rain showers. Dry air and high pressure moves in at all TAF sites
tonight through Thursday morning bringing mainly clear skies and
light winds.
&&

.MARINE...(For the 4 AM Lake Superior forecast issuance)
Issued at 454 AM EDT WED JUL 27 2016

High pressure, building across the Upper Great Lakes Region later
today into tonight, will linger across Lake Superior into the
upcoming weekend. This will keep winds around or less than 15 kts
into the weeekend.
&&

.MQT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
Upper Michigan...
None.
Lake Superior...
None.
Lake Michigan...
None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...KEC
LONG TERM...Rolfson
AVIATION...KEC
MARINE...KEC


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