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FXUS63 KMQT 302340

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Marquette MI
740 PM EDT Fri Sep 30 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 416 PM EDT FRI SEP 30 2016

WV imagery and RAP analysis indicated a mid/upper level low over far
srn Indiana and a ridge from the srn plains to the upper MS valley
and nrn Great Lakes. Radars indicated rain over much of the srn half
of lower MI associated with 700-300 mb qvector conv and 305-310k
isentropic lift to the north of the low. Some light showers or
sprinkles were also approaching MNM but had largely dissipated as
they moved into drier air and away from the stronger forcing.
Otherwise, mid clouds were gradually spreading into the srn cwa.
Diurnal stratocu had also developed over the cntrl cwa.

Tonight, expect light showers to continue to spread gradually to the
northeast with the potential for sct/isold -shra/sprinkles over the
srn cwa. With only weak forcing and a dry layer below 750 mb,
confidence is low with how far north any measurable pcpn will
develop. Increasing clouds will keep temps from falling off as much
with min readings from the upper 40s to mid 50s, coldest inland
west. Even though there is still enough low level moisture,
afternoon dewpoints in the mid 50s, to support patchy fog
development the clouds will reduce fog potential over the south and

Saturday, with the mid level low drifting northward to far ne
Indiana by 00z/Sun, showers potential will also expand across the se
half of Upper Michigan. However, since the stronger forcing remains
farther to the se, only chance pops were mentioned. Despite the
thicker clouds over the area, high temps will remain above normal
with highs in the low to mid 60s.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 334 PM EDT FRI SEP 30 2016

Deep mstr arnd a slow moving closed lo pres in the Lower Lks could
cause some showers over the se half of Upr MI on Sat ngt into Sun,
but then an upr rdg shifting into the area wl bring dry wx into at
least Wed. The biggest uncertainty wl be on sky cover/potential for
lo clds during this time. As the cold fnt ahead of a deep, slow
moving wrn trof moves toward the area, shower chcs wl return later
in the week. Unseasonably warm air wl dominate the Upr Lks until
late next week, bringing continued above normal temps to Upr MI.

Sat ngt/Sun...Closed upr lo over far srn Lower MI on Sat evng is
fcst to lift slowly to the ne and thru far se Ontario on Sun.
Although the models are consistent showing a good deal of mstr
extending into the Upr Lks within the deep cyc ne flow on the nw
flank of this disturbance, the bulk of the larger scale deep lyr
cnvgc is progged to remain mostly to the se closer to the track of
the closed lo and impact only the ern portion of the cwa. Even this
forcing is progged to exit to the e on Sun as the closed lo drifts
in that direction away fm Upr MI. So the fcst wl continue to show no
more than chc pops over the se half, hiest on Sat ngt toward the
LOT/APX cwas and diminishing on Sun. Expect temps thru the weekend
to remain above normal, especially on Sat ngt with lots of clds in
the presence of h85 temps arnd 9C. The best chc for more sunshine on
Sun wl be over the w closer to slowly aprchg hi pres rdg axis if lo
clds associated with persistent near sfc mstr in that area do not
linger. Max temps on Sun should run mainly in the 60s even though
more persistent clds toward the e wl limit insolation.

Sun ngt into Wed...As the upr rdg to the e of a deep wrn trof shifts
into the wrn Great Lks early next week, a sfc rdg axis extending
swwd fm a hi pres center drifting fm over Hudson Bay into Quebec wl
dominate the Upr Lks. On Tue and Wed, this rdg wl shift the e,
causing a tightening pres gradient/strengthening sly flow over the
cwa to the e of falling mslp in the Plains associated with the
slowly progressive wrn upr trof.  While dry wx wl prevail during
this time with larger scale subsidence under the upr rdg, some of
the medium range models have hinted at some lo clds/fog under
strengthening subsidence invrn with lgt ne winds off Lk Sup on Mon
and then the sly flow off Lk MI on Tue/Wed at a time of the year
dominated by lowering sun angle/diminished daytime mixing/longer
nocturnal cooling. The potential for this lo cld cover is the
biggest uncertainty during this period. Fcst h85 temps arnd 9C
rising toward 12C on Wed wl ensure temps run abv normal during this
time, but the presence or not of lo clds would alter the min/max
temp anomalies and diurnal ranges. Best chc for anomalously warm
daytime max temps wl be on Tue/Wed in the downslope areas near Lk
Sup, where the prospect for more sunshine wl be greatest and
could lift daytime max temps aoa 70.

Wed thru Fri...Although there remain some timing differences on how
quickly the wrn trof and cold fnt attendant to associated lo pres
lifting into scntrl Canada wl move toward the cwa, shower chcs wl be
on the incrs on Wed/Thu as this fnt/warm conveyor belt mstr ribbon
aprch. Some of the longer term guidance generates a good deal of
pcpn over the area, not out of the question considering pwats fcst
to rise as hi as about 1.50 inches under the warm conveyor belt and
relatively slow ewd progression of the features that would extend
residence time of the stronger sly flow/deeper mstr. On the other
hand, some of the models show the more sgnft hgt falls passing to
the nw with lighter pcpn over the wrn Great Lks. Considering these
important differences, ll not deviate fm the consensus fcst.
Following the eventual cold fropa, looks like much cooler air wl
invade the area late in the week. The 00Z ECMWF shows one of the
coolest scenarios with h85 temps dipping blo 0C by late Fri and
supporting some lk enhanced pcpn under lingering moist cyc nw flow.

.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 735 PM EDT FRI SEP 30 2016

Expect VFR conditions at both CMX and SAW through the forecast
period. LIFR stratus will continue at IWD in upslope ne flow and
clear skies into the overnight hours could allow for fog to form with
the potential for a few hours of LIFR to VLIFR visibility possible.
Diurnal heating/mixing will allow conditions to improve to VFR at CMX
by early Saturday afternoon.

.MARINE...(For the 4 PM Lake Superior forecast issuance)
Issued at 416 PM EDT FRI SEP 30 2016

A weak pressure gradient across Lake Superior through the weekend
and early next week will keep east to northeast winds at 20 kts or
less. South-southeast winds may increase over 20 kts Tue into Wed
ahead of front moving out the Northern Plains. Strongest winds would
be over north central and eastern Lk Superior.

Upper Michigan...
Lake Superior...
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