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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
1205 AM EDT WED MAY 27 2015

.AVIATION...

A STRAY SHOWER WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THE EARLY MORNING BUT
COVERAGE WILL BE TOO SPARSE TO INCLUDE AT ANY ONE TERMINAL LOCATION.
INTENSITY WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERABLY LIGHTER COMPARED TO EARLIER IN
THE NIGHT. THAT LEAVES A MIX OF MVFR CEILING AND FOG AS THE MAIN
AVIATION CONCERN THROUGH THE MORNING. AFTER A BRIEF CLEARING
TREND...THE LATEST DATA POINTS TO THE BEST CHANCE FOR CEILING TO
OCCUR AT MBS DOWN TO FNT AS SOUTHERLY FLOW OF HUMID AIR PERSISTS
DURING THE NIGHT. THERE COULD BE POCKETS OF CLOUDS AT PTK THROUGH
DTW AND ANY FOG THAT DEVELOPS WILL BE LIMITED TO MVFR BY WIND
STAYING ABOVE 5 KNOTS THROUGH MID MORNING. CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL
DURING THE AFTERNOON INTO WEDNESDAY EVENING WILL SUPPORT ENOUGH
SHOWER ACTIVITY FOR A PROB GROUP DURING PEAK HEATING BUT WILL HOLD
OFF ON THUNDER AT THIS POINT IN THE FORECAST.

FOR DTW... OUTSIDE OF A STRAY SHOWER...WEATHER CONCERNS WILL BE
LIMITED TO MVFR FOG AND PATCHY MVFR CEILING DURING THE MORNING.
CONFIDENCE IS HIGH ENOUGH IN SHOWER COVERAGE FOR A PROB GROUP DURING
THE AFTERNOON BUT NOT YET FOR THUNDERSTORMS.

//DTW THRESHOLD PROBABILITIES...

* MEDIUM PROBABILITY FOR CEILING BELOW 5000 FT AFTERNOON INTO
  EVENING.

* LOW POTENTIAL FOR THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTING THE TERMINAL AFTERNOON
  INTO EVENING.

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION...ISSUED 1037 PM EDT TUE MAY 26 2015

UPDATE...

POCKETS OF SHOWERS WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE INTO THE EARLY OVERNIGHT
HOURS. THERE COULD ALSO BE A STRAY THUNDERSTORM BUT SUPPORT FOR
DEEP CONVECTION HAS WANED CONSIDERABLY SINCE SUNSET. HOURLY
MESOANALYSIS DEPICTS LAPSE RATES AT SUB 6 C/KM LEVELS AND MUCAPE
SUB 500 J/KG. FORCING FOR SHOWERS IS MAINLY TIED TO THE UPPER LOW
BEING ABLE TO WRING OUT THE LAST BIT OF ELEVATED INSTABILITY ALONG
THE TRAILING EDGE OF THE LOW LEVEL THETA-E RIDGE. EVENING WATER
VAPOR IMAGERY AND MODEL UPPER AIR FIELDS ALSO SHOW A SMALLER
SCALE WAVE ABLE TO FOCUS SOME BROKEN LINES OF SHOWERS THAT WILL
SLIDE THROUGH AND OUT OF SE MICHIGAN SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

PREV DISCUSSION...ISSUED 302 PM EDT TUE MAY 26 2015

SHORT TERM...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

CONFIDENCE IS INCREASED IN SEVERE POTENTIAL 5PM-10PM THIS EVENING,
FOR WHICH A SEVERE TSTORM WATCH IS FORTHCOMING FOR ALL OF SE
MICHIGAN. POTENT SHORTWAVE IS NOTED ON WV IMAGERY LIFTING TOWARD
WESTERN WISCONSIN BY 00Z. INITIAL BAND OF SHOWERS/STORMS ALONG THE
BACK EDGE OF THE MID-LEVEL MOISTURE GRADIENT MAY IN THE PROCESS OF
BECOMING SECONDARY TO AN ADDITIONAL CONVECTIVE BAND THAT HAS
DEVELOPED WITHIN THE PLUME OF GREATEST MOISTURE CONTENT. AN
ADDITIONAL FEW UPDRAFTS ARE POPPING UP NEAR THE SOUTHERN MI BORDER
ALONG THE LEAD EDGE OF THE H7 GRADIENT.

AS NOTED IN THE MIDDAY UPDATE, PWATS WILL JUMP TO 1.6 INCHES WITHIN
THE APPROACHING MOISTURE PLUME AROUND 20-21Z. MEAN BOUNDARY LAYER
PARCELS STILL HAVE POTENTIAL TO ACHIEVE 1,000 J/KG MLCAPE WITH
POCKETS OF 1500 NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION. AMBIENT WIND FIELD IS NOT
PARTICULARLY STRONG, WITH WINDS PEAKING AT 35 TO 40 KTS INT HE
COLUMN, BUT SHEAR WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO MAINTAIN A SWLY 0-6KM BULK
SHEAR VECTOR OF 35 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST TO 45 KTS IN THE SAGINAW
VALLEY CLOSER TO THE MID-LEVEL CIRCULATION AND STRONGEST DYNAMIC
FORCING, WHICH MAY COMPENSATE FOR POTENTIAL LACKING INSTABILITY
FURTHER NORTH. WELL-MIXED BOUNDARY LAYER NOTED ON 18Z DTX SOUNDING
WILL MAINLY SUPPORT A WIND THREAT WITH SOME ORGANIZATION INTO
DYNAMIC BOWS A POSSIBILITY, ESPECIALLY EARLIER IN THE EPISODE CLOSER
TO PEAK HEATING. GIVEN HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT, STORMS WILL ALSO CARRY
POTENTIAL FOR TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS. WEAK COLD FRONT WILL USHER IN
ANOTHER ROUND OF LOW CLOUDS AND A LOW COVERAGE OF SHOWERS LATE.
CONTINUED FLOW OUT OF SLY QUADRANT WILL SUPPORT ANOTHER NIGHT OF
WARMER OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE MID 60S.

LONG TERM...

LARGE SCALE UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE AND ASSOCIATED LOW PRESSURE WILL
LIFT FROM THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES INTO ONTARIO AND QUEBEC WEDNESDAY
INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT...DRAGGING A COLD FRONT INTO THE AREA FROM LATE
AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING. WHILE THIS FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL BE THE
FOCUS OF SCATTERED TO ISOLATED CONVECTION...MAINLY FROM AFTERNOON
INTO THE EARLY EVENING...A PRE-FRONTAL TROUGH IS EXPECTED TO SHIFT
THROUGH THE AREA EARLIER IN THE DAY AND FORCE DEEPER MOISTURE AND
INSTABILITY EAST AND SOUTHEAST OUT OF THE AREA. THIS WILL LIMIT THE
OVERALL COVERAGE AND INTENSITY OF SHOWERS AND STORMS DURING COLD
FROPA.

AS THE AFOREMENTIONED LOW PASSES NORTH OF THE REGION...THE PRESSURE
GRADIENT WILL TIGHTEN NOTABLY OVER LOWER MICHIGAN AND ONCE THE LOW
LEVEL FLOW VEERS MORE SOUTHWEST IN THE WAKE OF THE TROUGH...EXPECT
GUSTY WINDS TO AFFECT THE AREA MUCH OF THE DAY. WOULD NOT BE TOO
SURPRISED TO SEE WIND GUSTS OF 30 TO 35 MPH WITH SUSTAINED WINDS
AOA 20 MPH.

THE WEATHER QUIETS SUBSTANTIALLY FROM LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING AND
OVERNIGHT ON INTO THURSDAY AS THE COLD FRONT EASES SOUTHEAST OF THE
AREA AND A RIDGE OF SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO AND THROUGH
THE AREA DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK AS THE CENTER OF HIGH
PRESSURE BUILDS ACROSS SOUTHERN CANADA. WHILE A COLD FRONT DOES
BRING A SLIGHTLY COOLER AND DRIER AIRMASS INTO THE AREA...MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURES WILL STILL CLIMB TO AROUND 80F ON THURSDAY. IT WILL
JUST BE LESS HUMID THAN THE EARLY PART OF THE WEEK. THIS DRIER
AIRMASS WILL...HOWEVER...LEAD TO COOLER MINIMUM TEMPERATURES AS
RADIATIONAL COOLING WILL BE STRONG. SO...EXPECT LOW TEMPERATURES
RANGING IN THE 50S TO AROUND 60 BOTH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT.

ONCE THIS HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE SHIFTS EAST...SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW WILL
INCREASE AGAIN FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE NEXT LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM LIFTS FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS TOWARDS JAMES BAY AS A RATHER
VIGOROUS SHORTWAVE PIVOTS INTO SOUTHERN CANADA AROUND MEAN UPPER
LEVEL LOW POSITIONED AROUND HUDSON BAY. THIS WILL BRING ANOTHER WARM
DAY INTO FRIDAY WITH 80S PREVALENT. A SIGNIFICANT COOLING WILL THEN
ENSUE NEXT WEEKEND AS THE ATTENDANT COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE
AREA ON SATURDAY. HIGHS BY SUNDAY WILL BE LIMITED AROUND 60 DEGREES
WITH LOWS IN THE 40S IN MANY LOCATIONS BY EARLY SUNDAY AND MONDAY
MORNINGS. THE APPROACH AND PASSAGE OF THIS SYSTEM WILL ALSO BRING
THE NEXT SUBSTANTIAL CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FROM LATE
FRIDAY INTO EARLY SATURDAY. THE LARGE HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM BRINGING
THE COOLER WEATHER WILL ALSO QUASH PRECIPITATION CHANCES BY THE END
OF THE FORECAST PERIOD AND THE WARM/HUMID AIR OF LATE IS FORCED WELL
SOUTH OF THE FORECAST AREA.

MARINE...

SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST FLOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE GREAT LAKES REGION
LATE TODAY INTO WEDNESDAY...RANGING FROM 10 TO 15 KNOTS WITH GUSTS
TO 20 KNOTS INTO TONIGHT...BUT INCREASING SLIGHTLY INTO WEDNESDAY AS
A WEAK COLD FRONT APPROACHES AND THE PRESSURE GRADIENT TIGHTENS. AT
THIS TIME...IT APPEARS CONDITIONS WILL NOT WARRANT SMALL CRAFT
ADVISORIES ANYWHERE...ALTHOUGH FUNNELING OF SOUTHWEST FLOW UP
SAGINAW BAY MAY ALLOW GUSTS TO APPROACH 25 KNOTS LATE TONIGHT INTO
THE FIRST HALF OF WEDNESDAY.

THE WARM...MOIST FLOW OVER THE COLD WATERS WILL ALSO PRODUCE SOME
FOG AND STRATUS OVER LAKE HURON INTO TONIGHT. THERE WILL BE A GOOD
CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS
EVENING...WITH ANOTHER CHANCE WEDNESDAY AS THE COLD FRONT MOVES
THROUGH THE AREA. DRY CONDITIONS ARE THE EXPECTED THURSDAY AND MUCH
OF FRIDAY.

&&

.DTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...

MI...NONE.
LAKE HURON...NONE.
LAKE ST CLAIR...NONE.
MICHIGAN WATERS OF LAKE ERIE...NONE.

&&

$$

AVIATION.....BT
UPDATE.......BT
SHORT TERM...JVC
LONG TERM....DG
MARINE.......DG


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