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FXUS63 KDTX 212328

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
728 PM EDT Sun May 21 2017


The main synoptic scale cold front is evident on latest KDTX 0.5Z
reflectivity as a fineline along a line from roughly Flint down to
Jackson. This corresponds well to a 230 to 260 degree wind shift, a
quick drop in surface dewpoints, and the back edge of a surface based
instability axis of +1000 J/KG. The potential for a last minute
shower or thunderstorm will end with this boundary pushing through your
specific location. Otherwise, VFR stratus is filling in efficiently
in the shallow cold advection/resultant lower column inversion. High
confidence in the stratus holding in place throughout tonight. Modest
westerly gradient will keep the near surface environment throughout
the night.

A surface ridge axis will nose northward Monday away from the
greater surface anticyclone over the Ohio River Valley. Recent
rainfall should help what is a decent forecasted amount of moisture
at base of inversion to allow for boundary layer stratocumulus to
cumulus Monday.


* High for ceiling aob 5000 feet tonight.


Issued at 318 PM EDT Sun May 21 2017


Large upper level low pressure, with multiple embedded vort lobes,
centered over northern Minnesota will slowly lift northward into
Ontario tonight. Additional shortwave energy over Alberta and
Saskatchewan will meanwhile drop down into the backside of the
system, enhancing the longwave trough over much of the U.S. and
eventually resulting in a closed low over the Upper Midwest by

Showers and thunderstorms working across the area ahead of a cold
front and mid-level dry slot will exit the area over the next few
hours, with a fairly dry evening expected. SPC analysis shows 500-
1000 J/KG of SB CAPE over the far southeast corner of Michigan.
Cannot rule out some stronger storms with gusts to 45 mph, but so
far radar presentation has not suggested anything too strong.
Locally heavy rainfall looks to be the main threat for the rest of
the afternoon before storms exit. Cold air-advection below 850mb may
allow moisture to become trapped in the lower levels under a
strengthening inversion overnight, providing a fair amount of cloud
cover. This should limit radiational cooling, holding min temps in
the upper 40s to low 50s.

One of the stronger lobes of vorticity embedded within the upper
system to our north will swing across northern Michigan early
Monday. Forcing from this feature looks to remain primarily north of
the area, where better chance of showers will also reside. It will
however serve to elongate surface low pressure over Ontario, which
will provide breezy conditions across Southeast Michigan as the
gradient tightens between this surface low and high pressure
building into the Ohio Valley. Strong southwest flow and decent
mixing will help boost high temperatures into the mid to upper 60s,
just a little below normal.

Closed low over the Midwest will slowly sink southeast towards
Michigan Tuesday and Tuesday night, providing steadily increasing
chances for showers from Monday night through Tuesday night.

An amplified upper-level trough with a cut-off low situated over the
Ohio Valley will bring the chance for rain showers Wednesday into
Thursday, as daytime highs stick around in the upper 60s. A ridging
pattern is then expected to briefly enter across the Great Lakes
region which could provide some relief from rain chances, however,
the ECMWF model is hinting at rain potential as a shortwave moves
east across southern Michigan. Will leave PoP values low for now,
but may need to bump up over the next day or two if model
convergence is noted. Otherwise, low confidence regarding rain
potential for Memorial Day weekend. GFS runs hold on to some upper-
level ridging Friday into Saturday which holds precipitation south
of Michigan, however, ECMWF and GEM 12Z runs exhibit a series of
short waves along with a weak surface low which would bring the
chances for rain showers. Additionally, weak instability is
exhibited in the ECMWF run which could also bring the potential for
thunder if showers were to develop. Temperature-wise, daytime high
temperatures are expected to peak in the mid to upper-60s mid week,
with a warm-up into the 70s starting Friday and continuing into the


Waves remain excited across Lake Huron with southeast flow in the 20
to 25 knot range. This direction keeps the bulk of the waves off
shore, but waves in the 3 to 5 foot range continue to clip a couple
nearshore zones along the Thumb thus small crafts will be issued
through this afternoon. A cold front then sweeps through the region
this evening bringing an abrupt wind shift to the southwest. This
may necessitate additional small craft advisories for Saginaw Bay
and/or the nearshore zones of Lake Huron as winds approach criteria.
Unsettled weather will remain over the region through midweek as
general troughing remains overhead with possible low pressure
systems developing within it.


Lake Huron...Small Craft Advisory from 10 AM to 8 PM EDT Monday for LHZ441>443.

     Small Craft Advisory from 4 AM to 8 PM EDT Monday for LHZ421-422.

Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.



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