Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Detroit/Pontiac, MI
FXUS63 KDTX 271103
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
703 AM EDT TUE SEP 27 2016
The center of the sprawling upper level low pressure system will
settle over Lake Superior today before dropping due southward to the
far southern Lake Michigan basin by Wednesday morning. A well mixed
near surface environment will again be in place beginning during the
late morning hours. The southwest winds are the main story with
gusts in the 20 to 25 knot range likely. Despite the close proximity
of the upper level low, quiet ceiling and precipitation trends are
expected over the area terminals today with VFR cigs initially
confined to north of the I 69. Deeper moisture is progged to push
southward eventually spreading over DTW this evening and overnight.
Scattered showers are expected to remain north of the Detroit
For DTW... Southwest winds will increase in the 15 to 17Z time frame
today as daytime heating increases the boundary layer depth. Will
the large upper level low circulation pushing southward down Lake
Michigan tonight light winds will be in place overnight. Shower
activity is expected to hold off at the DTW at least through 12Z
//DTW Threshold Probabilities...
* Low in ceilings at or below 5000 ft today and tonight.
Issued at 320 AM EDT Tue SEP 27 2016
Expansive upper level low to plague the region right through the
weekend, with the wild card being the amount of Atlantic moisture
wrapping back into the Great Lakes Region during the end of the work
00z model trends certainly support what yesterday`s 00z Euro
advertised, a stronger and more symmetric system, taking longer to
be dislodged from the area.
Dry air/850-700 mb theta-e minimum in place this morning over
southern Lower Michigan will slowly be sinking south during the day.
The key word, slowly, and at the very least, areas south of I-69
should remain dry today. The 00z GRB Raob indicated 3 C at 850 MB
which will make inroads into the State, but there does look to be a
northwest (3 C at 850 MB) to southeast (6 C) temp gradient setting
up, as max height falls take place back across the Midwest.
Subsequently, expecting low clouds having difficult time sinking
southeast of the Irish Hills during much of the daytime hours, and
temperatures should rise into the upper 60s across Detroit and
points south, with low to mid 60s north.
Model consensus indicates Sfc-850 mb circulation progged to sink
south along the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline Tonight into
Wednesday, a bit farther west than indicated yesterday. Have
trimmed back pops some tonight. Tomorrow, southeast michigan will
reside on the milder and modestly unstable side, with MLcapes of
250-500 J/kg, which should be sufficient to touch off high
scattered-numerous shower activity, as spoke of energy also
rotates up from western Ohio. Isolated thunderstorms remain
possible as nam soundings show EQL climbing above -20 c isotherm,
but the positive area is sliver thin that high. Any thunderstorm
that materializes could contain small hail with low freezing
levels in place.
Upper level center/500 mb low digging down into Kentucky with Warm
Conveyor belt arching back into southeast Michigan Thursday-Friday,
and there is now solid agreement in a good Atlantic Moisture (10
C dew point at 850 MB) connection reaching southeast Michigan.
With the moisture advection, cyclonic flow, and multiple upper
waves/pv centers rotating around the large circulation, it appears
likely showers will be around. Very low risk of an embedded
thunderstorm as showalter index oscillates around zero per 00z
The system finally looks to slowly unravel over the weekend as
some upper level energy over BAJA California tracks northeast into
the plains, weakening the upper level ridge and allowing for slow
Small craft advisories remain in effect through today for all marine
areas of southeastern Michigan. Wave action will begin to diminish
today but remain in the 5 to 7 foot range over the open waters of
central Lake Huron. Low pressure will then stall south of the Great
Lakes for the remainder of the week, setting up several days of
moderate to occasionally fresh easterly winds. There is expected to
be an extended time period from Wednesday through Friday when small
craft advisories will be needed on Lake Huron.
Lake Huron...Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening FOR LHZ421-422-
Lake St Clair...Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening FOR LCZ460.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening FOR LEZ444.
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