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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
726 PM EDT SUN MAY 1 2016

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY)
ISSUED AT 409 PM EDT SUN MAY 1 2016

WV IMAGERY AND RAP ANALYSIS INDICATED A REX BLOCK OVER WRN NOAM
RESULTING IN WEAK NW FLOW INTO THE NRN LAKES. AT THE SFC...A RIDGE
EXTENDED FROM JAMES BAY INTO WRN LAKE SUPERIOR BRINGING N TO NE
WINDS INTO MOST OF UPPER MI. HOWEVER...THE GRADIENT WAS WEAK ENOUGH
TO ALLOW LAKE BREEZE DEVELOPMENT OFF OF LAKE MICHIGAN. VIS LOOP
SHOWED CU OVER THE INLAND WEST AND LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE AREA IN
THE E HALF.

TONIGHT...HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING INTO UPPER MI WILL BRING MOSTLY
CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS TONIGHT. FAVORABLE RADIATIONAL COOLING
CONDITIONS WILL ALLOW TEMPS TO DROP INTO THE UPPER 20S INLAND WEST
AND TO THE LOWER TO MID 30S OVER THE REST OF THE CWA.

MONDAY...DRY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE WITH SFC RIDGING ACROSS THE
AREA AND THE ACTIVE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH A MID LEVEL SHRTWV
REMAINING WELL TO THE SE OVER THE ERN LAKES. A WEAK GRADIENT WILL
AGAIN ALLOW PROMINENT LAKE BREEZE DEVELOPMENT WITH THE LAKE SUPERIOR
BREEZE REACHING THE FARTHEST INLAND. SUNSHINE AND DEEP MIXING WILL
RESULT IN TEMPS INTO THE LOW TO MI 60S INLAND WEST WITH 50S NEAR THE
GREAT LAKES ALONG WITH CU DEVELPMENT SIMILAR TO TODAY.

.LONG TERM...(MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY)
ISSUED AT 429 PM EDT SUN MAY 1 2016

THROUGH THE WEEK...RIDGING/POSITIVE HEIGHT ANOMALIES OF VARYING
AMPLITUDE WILL PREVAIL ACROSS ROUGHLY THE W HALF OF CANADA WITH
HEIGHT ANOMALIES PEAKING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THIS WILL IN
TURN FAVOR TROFFING OVER ERN N AMERICA WITH THE TROF REACHING PEAK
AMPLITUDE DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK. MEANWHILE...ENERGY
APPROACHING THE W COAST WILL SPLIT...RESULTING IN DEVELOPMENT OF
ANOTHER SW CONUS CLOSED MID LEVEL LOW LATER THIS WEEK. THIS PATTERN
FAVORS BLO NORMAL PCPN FOR THE UPPER LAKES. DOWNSTREAM OF THE
PEAKING WRN CANADA RIDGE...STRONGER SHORTWAVE ENERGY WILL BE FORCED
TO DROP FARTHER S INTO THE GREAT LAKES REGION TUE/WED WITH COLD
FROPA OCCURRING TUE AFTN/EVENING. THIS FROPA BRINGS THE BEST CHC OF
PCPN THIS WEEK. WITH DECENT FORCING...POPS AT LEAST INTO THE HIGH
CHC TO LOW LIKELY CATEGORY APPEAR REASONABLE FOR TUE AFTN/EVENING.
DECENT FORCING/STEEP MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES AROUND 7C/KM AND A LITTLE
INSTABILITY WITH FAVORABLE TIME OF DAY SUGGEST THERE COULD BE A FEW
RUMBLES OF THUNDER. DEPENDING ON HOW AMPLIFIED THE MID LEVEL TROF
BECOMES...SOME LIGHT PCPN MAY LINGER INTO WED. MEDIUM RANGE MODEL
RUNS YESTERDAY TRENDED TOWARD MID LEVEL LOW DEVELOPMENT CLOSE ENOUGH
TO UPPER MI TO RESULT IN SOME LIGHT PCPN ON WED. SINCE THEN...
GUIDANCE HAS WAIVERED ON THIS IDEA. WILL LARGELY MAINTAIN CONTINUITY
WITH PREVIOUS FCST IN SHOWING SCHC POPS (CHC ACROSS THE NCNTRL AND
E) INTO WED MORNING. IF THERE IS ANY PCPN...MAY SEE A RAIN/SNOW MIX
LATE TUE NIGHT/WED MORNING AS THERMAL TROF WITH 850MB TEMPS AROUND
-4C WILL BE CENTERED OVER THE AREA. 00Z/12Z MEDIUM RANGE GUIDANCE
SUGGESTS THE NEXT SHORTWAVE ROUNDING THE WRN CANADA RIDGE WILL PASS
ACROSS NRN ONTARIO SAT WITH ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT MOVING ACROSS THE
UPPER LAKES. ALTHOUGH THIS A NEW DEVELOPMENT WITH THE 00Z
GUIDANCE...THE 12Z RUNS BACK UP THE POSSIBILITY. AS A RESULT..SCHC
TO LOW CHC POPS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED FOR SAT.

AS FOR TEMPS...THE PATTERN THIS WEEK FAVORS NORMAL TO BLO NORMAL
TEMPS FOR UPPER MI ON THE MAJORITY OF DAYS. NIGHTTIME MINS WILL
STILL BE DOWN TO AROUND FREEZING IN THE INTERIOR ON AT LEAST A
COUPLE OF DAYS. TUE WILL BE ONE OF THE WARMER DAYS AS W TO SW FLOW
DEVELOPS AHEAD OF APPROACHING SHORTWAVE/COLD FRONT WHICH ARRIVES IN
THE AFTN/EVENING. WARMTH ON TUE WILL DEPEND ON TIMING OF THE COLD
FRONT/CLOUD COVER AND SHRA...BUT RIGHT NOW...IT LOOKS LIKE MUCH OF
THE AREA SHOULD SEE HIGHS IN THE 60S. MUCH COOLER WEATHER...
ESPECIALLY NOTABLE CLOSE TO LAKE SUPERIOR...WILL FOLLOW FOR WED
UNDER BRISK N WINDS. TEMPS WILL FALL BACK SOLIDLY BLO NORMAL WITH
READINGS CLOSE TO LAKE SUPERIOR NO HIGHER THAN AROUND 40F. EXPECT
CONSIDERABLE CLOUD COVER WITH 850MB THERMAL TROF OVER THE AREA...
FURTHER SUPPORTING COOL CONDITIONS. MODERATION WILL OCCUR THU WITH
MORE WARMING FRI AND POSSIBLY ON INTO SAT...DEPENDING ON TIMING OF
THE COLD FRONT THAT IS NOW EXPECTED TO ARRIVE THIS WEEKEND. RECENT
GFS/ECMWF RUNS HAVE INDICATED THAT FRI AND/OR SAT COULD BE QUITE
WARM WITH TEMPS WELL ABOVE NORMAL IN THE 70S. WILL TURN COOLER AGAIN
FOR SUN. LOOKING FARTHER AHEAD...NAEFS OUTLOOKS ARE SUGGESTING A
TREND TOWARD AN OVERALL SOMEWHAT ABOVE NORMAL TEMP REGIME DURING THE
SECOND WEEK OF MAY.

EVEN IF MOST AREAS SEE SOME PCPN TUE...AMOUNTS WON`T BE SIGNIFICANT
AND WON`T REALLY AFFECT WHAT IS BECOMING AN EXTENDED DRY SPELL FOR
UPPER MI. IN ADDITION...MOSTLY COOL CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY AT
NIGHT...WILL KEEP GREENUP SLOW. THUS...FIRE WX WILL BE AN ISSUE AT
TIMES FOR THE NEXT 1-2 WEEKS. THIS WEEK...TUE STILL LOOKS LIKE THE
DAY OF MOST CONCERN AS IT SHOULD BE A WARMER DAY WITH POTENTIAL OF
BREEZY W TO SW WINDS AHEAD OF APPROACHING COLD FRONT. HOWEVER...IF
CLOUDS/-SHRA ARRIVE SOONER...FIRE CONCERNS WILL BE EASED. IF THE
COLD FRONT MATERIALIZES FOR NEXT WEEKEND...ANOTHER DAY WITH ELEVATED
FIRE WX CONCERNS WILL OCCUR ON THE DAY PRIOR TO ITS PASSAGE OR THE
DAY OF FROPA...EITHER FRI OR SAT.
&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z MONDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 725 PM EDT SUN MAY 1 2016

CONDITIONS WILL GENERALLY REMAIN VFR WITH LIGHT WINDS THROUGHOUT THE
PERIOD.
&&

.MARINE...(FOR THE 4 PM LAKE SUPERIOR FORECAST ISSUANCE)
ISSUED AT 409 PM EDT SUN MAY 1 2016

A WEAK HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE SAGGING SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS LAKE
SUPERIOR TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY WILL KEEP WINDS BLO 20 KNOTS. WSW
WINDS WILL QUICKLY INCREASE TO AS HIGH AS 20 KT LATE MON NIGHT INTO
TUESDAY MORNING AHEAD OF LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM APPROACHING FROM
NORTHERN ONTARIO. WINDS WILL BECOME N TO NW AT AROUND 20 KNOTS LATE
TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND INCREASE TO AROUND 25 KNOTS OVER EASTERN LAKE
SUPERIOR LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY BEHIND THIS LOW. ANOTHER
HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE BUILDING OVER THE UPPER GREAT LAKES WILL
DIMINISH WINDS THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY.
&&

.MQT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
UPPER MICHIGAN...
NONE.
LAKE SUPERIOR...
NONE.
LAKE MICHIGAN...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JLB
LONG TERM...ROLFSON
AVIATION...07
MARINE...JLB



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