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FXUS63 KMKX 170851

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
351 AM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017


TODAY AND TONIGHT...Forecast Confidence Is Medium.

Models are in decent agreement with main 500 mb low shifting
northeastward across northern Wisconsin into the Upper Peninsula
of Michigan today. It then continues further to the northeast
tonight. One area of showers and a few thunderstorms should
continue to slide northeastward across the area early this
morning. This is in association with the low level jet nose
pointing into the area.

Mainly scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are then
forecast for the rest of today, with differential cyclonic
vorticity advection with the passing 500 mb low. The showers
should gradually taper off tonight from southwest to northeast
across the area, as the 500 mb low moves away.

Humid conditions are expected today, until cold front pushes
through the area later this afternoon. Dry slot with 500 mb low
may try to bring in partial sunshine in the eastern portions of
the area for at time today. However, kept forecast mostly cloudy
given close proximity of 500 mb low and associated cloud shield.

Highs should not be much higher than current values in south
central Wisconsin. Highs may reach the upper 70s in southeast
Wisconsin, where warm sector airmass will reside the longest.
Pressure gradient will become tight today and tonight, along with
some low level mixing, allowing for gusty southwest winds today.
These winds will veer west tonight.


Friday and Friday night... Forecast confidence is medium.

The surface low over northern Michigan will continue to shift
east through the day. The lingering strong pressure gradient and
steep low level lapse rates will lead to gusty west winds through
midday, then diminishing winds in the afternoon.

A shortwave trough will track through the area Friday night and
bring a chance for scattered showers and storms to southern WI and
northern IL. Moisture is questionable with this system.

Saturday through Sunday... Forecast confidence is high.

The upper trough should be east of southeast WI by Saturday
morning, so expecting a dry weekend with light winds and
increasing temps and humidity

Monday through Wednesday... Forecast confidence is medium.

A front will slowly sag southeast through WI Monday and Tuesday.
The ECMWF is faster with clearing southern WI than other models.It
looks like showers and storms should hold off until the
afternoon here. As long as there are not excessive clouds from
storms that would be over MN, IA or northern WI, there is hope for
a view of the eclipse in southern WI on Monday. Stay tuned.

Conditions will remain favorable for scattered storms through
Tuesday evening until that front gets south of the IL border.
There could be some severe storms ahead of this front.



Low ceilings early this morning are expected to rise to around
2000 feet above ground level in south central Wisconsin by middle
to late morning. VFR category ceilings above 3000 feet are
forecast in southeast Wisconsin by middle to late morning. MVFR
ceilings between 1000 and 2000 feet should gradually spread
across most of the area during the afternoon into tonight.

Area of showers and isolated thunderstorms should spread northeast
across the area early this morning, with more scattered showers
and isolated storms later this morning into this afternoon.
Showers should taper off from southwest to northeast tonight. May
see briefly reduced visibility values and brief heavy rainfall
with any heavier showers or storms.

Gusty southwest winds are expected to develop by middle to late
morning, lingering into the afternoon. These winds will veer to
the west tonight. Gusts up to around 25 knots are expected at
times. May see low level wind shear conditions develop this
evening into the overnight hours, with west northwest winds
around 30 to 35 knots at 2000 feet above ground level.



Small Craft Advisory is in effect north of Port Washington, and
will go into effect at 18Z today south of there. High waves of 3
to 5 feet are expected to linger north of Port Washington into
this morning, before winds shift offshore and push the high waves
further into the open waters.

Tightening pressure gradient will allow for gusty southwest winds
by midday, and will veer west tonight. Frequent gusts to 25 knots
are expected to linger into Friday morning. Thus, the Small Craft
Advisory was extended until 18Z Friday. Highest waves will remain
over the open waters of Lake Michigan.



A Beach Hazards Statement is in effect for the beaches along Lake
Michigan in Sheboygan County until 02Z tonight. High waves are
expected to continue into this morning, before being pushed
further into the open waters by midday. This will bring a high
swim risk.

There are gusty southwest winds expected by midday, lingering
into this afternoon and veering west tonight. High waves will be
over the open waters, so the Beach Hazards Statement may not be
needed for the afternoon and early evening.


WI...Beach Hazards Statement through this evening for WIZ052.

LM...Small Craft Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 1 PM CDT Friday
     for LMZ644>646.

     Small Craft Advisory until 1 PM CDT Friday for LMZ643.



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