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FXUS63 KAPX 270345

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Gaylord MI
1145 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

Issued at 1008 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

Main mass of showers/storms that pestered northern MI earlier
today has moved into se lower MI. A few cells are still
regenerating off of Au Gres/Tawas. Meanwhile, additional
convection is trying to work into the region from MNM and Door Co
WI. This activity is decaying with time, though not as quickly as
it did last night. Would not preclude needing to pop a Special
Marine Warning or two for at least the open waters. And of more
interest to those of us on land, some showers have already pushed
back into parts of nw lower MI (including Frankfort).

Have adjusted pop/wx trends for the above: faster to exit precip
off to the se, but faster to returns some showers (perhaps a
rumble of thunder) into nw lower MI. This activity will make a
more substantial push into n central lower (along with Mackinac Co
in eastern upper MI), and will be boosting pops further for the
early overnight hours.


.NEAR TERM...(Through Tonight)
Issued at 333 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

...Showers and thunderstorms into the evening...

High Impact Weather Potential: Marginal risk for severe storms
across NE lower Michigan through early evening.

Pattern Synopsis/Forecast: Low amplitude short wave trough and
subtle upper level confluent flow region continues to slowly
cross the western Great Lakes. Surface low pressure remains over
SW Ontario/northern Minnesota with a boundary/surface trough
draped across upper Michigan. Earlier elevated convection has
waned. Surface based convection is trying to go.

Primary Forecast Concerns: Convective trends through tonight.

SPC meso-analysis page reveals between 500-1500 J/KG MLCAPE out
there as of 19Z with a bullseye across our SW counties which is a
little surprising (thought it would be in the east). Overall lack
of a larger scale trigger. However, with the the usual small
scale stuff like lake breezes, inland convergence, terrain, etc.
we have managed to pop a decent of showers/thunder across north-
central and northeast lower MI in the last few hours. Showers and
thunderstorms will continue to percolate/congeal over the next
few hours with the best coverage ultimately across NE lower
Michigan. Convection will diminish this evening.

Better organized and stronger storms have also developed upstream
across central upper Michigan ahead of a stronger short-wave
impulse working into western Lake Superior. Those may continue to
develop upscale over the next few hours, graze eastern upper MI
and make a run at the W/SW part of the CWA this evening/early
overnight. But once again, they will be fighting diminishing
instability and will likely weaken upon reaching this CWA.

Severe weather potential: Decent amounts of CAPE, but minimal
shear to support storm organization and longer lived strong
updrafts. Thus storms will continue to be "pulse" type convection
and pose no widespread severe threat. But, lower wet bulb zero
values (under 10K), decent CAPE and downdraft CAPE does support a
marginal isolated hail and wind threat into the evening.


.SHORT TERM...(Sunday through Tuesday)
Issued at 333 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

...Another day of afternoon rain chances...

High Impact Weather Potential: Scattered thunderstorms Sunday,
especially for counties east of I-75 as well as Gladwin and
Roscommon counties

Pattern Synopsis/Forecast: The second of a pair of weekend shortwave
passages will be in full effect by Sunday morning, with the trough
axis roughly over the longitudinal center of the state. PWAT values
between 1 and 1.25 inches will remain in the area. This is right
around the 90th percentile for this time of year, with average PWATS
from sounding climatology at 0.63". Sunday`s troughing will lift out
of the region Monday as high pressure again builds into the region
into mid-week.

Primary Forecast Concerns: The potential for another round of
afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Sunday remains the primary
concern. If the current progression of the shortwave continues as
expected, the better forcing will be on the east side of the state.
T he areas with the greatest potential to see a few storms would be
generally east of I-75, as well as Gladwin and Roscommon counties.
Warm and humid conditions will persist, with model soundings over
Alpena and Oscoda over 1000 J/kg of CAPE Sunday afternoon. Some of
the 12Z model soundings are coming in with over 4000 J/kg, but with
dewpoints of 73 I`m not buying that.

As has been the case this weekend, lack of shear may be a limiting
factor for organized, severe development. We saw this yesterday
afternoon/evening with some storms developing, but nothing reaching
severe limits. A few cells have popped up on the scope this morning,
but have been more of the pulse variety as expected within the weak
shear. There is some limited hi-res guidance progging a bit higher
shear Sunday afternoon, but it is an outlier at this point. Given
the likely more eastern position of the upper level trough, tomorrow
looks like another day with some marginal popup storms, bringing
some rumbles of thunder and some sub-severe hail as WBZ heights are
below 10kft, but lack of shear will limit larger hail production as
updraft/downdraft separation struggles to materialize.

Another thing to keep an eye on will be the potential for some gusty
winds as storms dissipate. DCAPE values in model soundings across NE
lower are often in the 700-1200 J/kg range, certainly supportive of
strong downdrafts.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Saturday)
Issued at 333 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

...Uncertainty next week...

High pressure building into the region Monday will continue into mid-
week, with warm and humid conditions staying around. There are some
small, quick moving disturbances moving through the flow that could
touch of some showers here and there. Long range guidance is
currently in pretty good agreement that the remnants of Alberto will
be pulled north by deep troughing moving out of the western CONUS,
even bringing it as far north as Saginaw Bay. Will have to see how
this continues to evolve as the system develops and moves through
the Gulf, and what affects the larger scale pattern has on it and it
has on the larger pattern. Certainly expect changes to occur over
the next few days. It does look like next weekend may see a return
to closer to normal temperatures, though still slightly above.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Sunday night)
Issued at 1145 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

Some decaying, light showers are pushing into nw lower MI late
this evening - remnants of stronger storms in WI/upper MI. This
will pose no major issues. APN had better rain earlier in the day,
and as result they are starting to get some fog. Vsby
restrictions can be expected at APN until a bit past dawn.

Ne lower MI also has the best chance to see some showers/storms
refire Sunday afternoon. However, conditions for precip look to be
less favorable on Sunday than they were on Saturday.

Light westerly winds.


Issued at 333 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

Winds will remain generally light through Monday, with a slight
uptick Sunday afternoon. With high pressure building into the area,
a brief period of 10-15 kt gusts is expected Sunday afternoon and
into the early evening before once again returning to the 5-10kt
range. The potential for scattered thunderstorms will diminish
overnight tonight for Lake Michigan, but will continue into Sunday
evening over Lake Huron. Storms that do develop could produce some
locally stronger winds, lightning, and small hail.




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