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FXUS63 KMQT 220523

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Marquette MI
123 AM EDT Sat Jul 22 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 400 PM EDT FRI JUL 21 2017

The main impact during the short-term portion of the forecast will
be severe weather potential Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.

Tonight: A convectively induced shortwave is progged to slide across
southern WI this evening into the overnight hours. Models have been
steadily trending a bit farther to the south with this over the past
couple days, with the latest 12Z data continuing that trend. The
best moisture convergence is progged to remain across central to
south-central WI, which again lends more support to keeping the more
concentrated area of convection south of the U.P. It is still
possible that a few showers an maybe an isolated thunderstorm may
make it into the U.P., along the WI border, but the chances look to
be fairly limited. Southern Menominee county would have the best
chance of seeing some precipitation out of this, but it would be
fairly fast moving during the overnight hours, with very little
severe potential. Instability in the U.P. looks to be fairly limited
to the north of the Theta-e gradient across WI with only around 100 -
 200 J/kg expected along the southern portions of the U.P. this
evening. Outside of that, not really expecting much in the way of
widespread precipitation tonight. There could be a few rain showers
that slide across the rest of the area overnight tonight as another
area of decaying showers and thunderstorms/shortwave slides across
northern MN toward the U.P. Again, the lack of instability and
limited moisture convergence across the northern half of the U.P.
would help to steadily diminish the coverage and intensity of any
showers as shown by most of the hi-res model guidance.

Saturday: Cloud cover will steadily increase across the area through
the afternoon hours. This will be along and ahead of an approaching
cold front from the northwest. In addition, a stronger shortwave
will push into the western portion of Lake Superior by early evening
as the cold front progresses through the west half of the U.P.
Dewpoints will steadily increase ahead of the cold front, reaching
into at least the mid 60s by Saturday afternoon. The increasing
moisture advection along with heating of the day and increased
forcing along the front will help to touch off showers and
thunderstorms over the west half of the U.P. by late Saturday
afternoon into the evening hours. Some of the thunderstorms ahead of
the cold front could be strong to severe with the main threats being
gusty winds and large hail from the strongest storms. Instability is
progged to be around 1000-1500 J/kg along with shear values around
35 to 45 knots perpendicular to the front, which again lends support
to better organized storm structure during peak heating.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 355 PM EDT FRI JUL 21 2017

Not expecting any high impact weather in the long term. There is
some potential for some lingering stronger storms over the far south-
central Lake Saturday, but the strength of any convection will be
diminishing pretty quickly.

As the shortwave passes, convection will exit E early Sunday, with
upslope drizzle/showers Sun morning and afternoon in NW-N favored

A shortwave and weak cold front may bring some convection late Tue
into Tue night, but after that high pressure dominates with no
precip expected.

Did not need to make any changes from the blended initialization.

.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 123 AM EDT SAT JUL 22 2017

With rainfall that has occurred around KIWD, expect VFR conditions
to fall to MVFR by daybreak. Not out of the question that conditions
could fall to IFR. MVFR conditions should then continue into early
aftn. At KCMX and KSAW, VFR conditions should prevail thru the
morning hrs, but will need to watch for stratus to develop northward
toward KSAW. There could be some shra and isold thunder overnight
thru the morning, but confidence in any of the terminals being
impacted is low. Better potential of shra/tstms will arrive this
aftn/evening as a vigorous disturbance approaches. MVFR or even
brief IFR conditions may occur with any of the shra or tstms.

.MARINE...(For the 4 PM Lake Superior forecast issuance)
Issued at 400 PM EDT FRI JUL 21 2017

Late tonight through Saturday afternoon winds across the western
half of the lake will increase to around 20 to 25 knots ahead of an
approaching cold front. Expect winds of 15 to 20 knots to spread
across much of the lake before diminishing to around 15 knots by
Saturday evening. Sunday afternoon expect the winds to increase
across the lake to around 20 to 25 knots. These winds will diminish
to under 15 knots by mid-morning on Monday. Through the rest of the
week, winds will remain under 20 knots.

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