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FXUS63 KMQT 191825

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Marquette MI
225 PM EDT Thu Apr 19 2018

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 220 PM EDT THU APR 19 2018

Thanks to the abundance of coniferous trees across Upper
Michigan, temperatures today across the central and interior U.P.
have jumped to the upper 40s and lower 50s, Dew points have
fallen more than expected today even with melting/sublimating
snow, contributing to the higher temperatures. Wind primarily off
Lake Superior have kept temperatures in the upper 30s to lower
40s across the west and east. With clear skies, low dew points,
and weakening winds overnight, low temperatures are expected to
plummet into the teens across much of the area with the coldest
temperatures expected across the interior west. Relied heavily on
the bias-corrected Canadian tonight for overnight lows as it did
very well last night.

There is some concern for the development of a very shallow (<100
ft) layer of patchy freezing fog toward sunrise, especially across
the central interior. The very dry airmass in place should limit
both the vertical and horizontal spatial extents of any fog
development, but conditions will have to be monitored closely
tonight to see just how fast temperatures drop off.

Highs on Friday were upped a few degrees from the previous forecast
package based on expected abundant sunshine and very little wind.
Overall, Friday looks very pleasant.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 433 AM EDT THU APR 19 2018

A quiet period of weather is still expected thru early next week
with temperatures returning to more typical mid/late Apr values.
Obviously, the quiet weather will be ideal as we don`t need to add
rain to the snowpack which will be melting down under warmer
conditions and high spring sun angle. Building positive height
anomaly across s central Canada and Hudson Bay will force the next
shortwave trof now moving onshore in CA way to the s across the
Lower Mississippi Valley/SE States late weekend/early next week. A
couple of shortwaves will then track eastward in the vcnty of the
U.S./Canada border during the first half of next week. The first may
not generate any shra for Upper MI as it passes well to the n. More
vigorous second wave should pose a decent potential of rain then
rain/snow Tue into Wed. As for temps, warming trend will occur thru
the weekend as development of positive height anomalies across s
central Canada ensures no late season cold air to the n. Temps will
rise to around normal or slightly above normal as snowcover should
not really inhibit warming given the high sun angle working on the
forested Upper MI landscape on mostly sunny days. A cool down is
expected for the middle of next week as trof passes.

As was the case yesterday, there are no major weather concerns for
this fcst cycle. Mean mid/upper level ridging over s central Canada
to Hudson Bay will support sfc high pres over the Great Lakes region
Fri thru Sun, resulting in dry weather. The GFS still spits out some
pcpn Fri aftn and Sat aftn in the lake breeze convergence zone
central, a result of too much low-level moisture from melting snow.
This has been a bias seen in the model in recent weeks. Outside of
some high clouds at times, generally sunny days and clear nights are
expected thru Sun, a fairly typical spring time scenario for Upper
MI. Winds will be on the light side thru the weekend, especially
Fri/Sat, with high pres over the Great Lakes region and meso highs
setting up each aftn over the waters, particularly Fri/Sat, leading
to the usual chill near the lakes each aftn (temps in the 30s). Away
from lake cooling, high temps will be in the 50s Fri thru Sun,
though some locations will likely top 60F Sat/Sun. Best chc of
seeing more widespread max temps at or above 60F will be on Mon
ahead of approaching cold front. Good radiational cooling nights
will be coming up with tonight being the best. Fri night/Sat night
will still feature good nighttime cooling though models suggest
thicker high clouds will pass acros the area Fri night. Favored the
bias corrected global CMC for mins as it is typically a superior
performer on radiational cooling nights. Dry air mass over the area
and generally little cloud cover will support large diurnal temp
swings, especially while snow cover is still consistent across the
landscape to allow sharp nighttime temp falls. Interior mins should
tumble back to the low/mid 20s Fri night/Sat night. Incorporated
lower dwpt guidance into the fcst to adjust dwpts down as some of
the raw model fcsts, GFS in particular, included in the blended
guidance are raising sfc dwpts too much with the melting snow.

Cold front associated with first shortwave will slowly move across
the fcst area Mon night thru Tue as it slows down in response to
second shortwave approaching. At this point, it appears the front
will initially arrive without any pcpn. There is plenty of
uncertainty with the second, more vigorous shortwave arriving
midweek. However, at least for the 00z runs, the GFS/CMC/ECMWF are
surprisingly similar depicting a mid-level low closing off as the
wave moves across the western Great Lakes, a scenario that could
lead to rain transitioning to some accumulating snowfall for at
least parts of the area. Despite the 00z run agreement, there are
not a whole lot of ensembles supporting that idea at the moment.
Will be something to monitor. Significant rainfall should not be a
concern with this system as flow behind southern stream wave moving
from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the SE States will prevent Gulf
moisture return to this northern system.

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 121 PM EDT THU APR 19 2018

VFR conditions will continue at all TAF sites through the entire
period. Winds at KSAW may waver between 330 and 030 this afternoon
progresses owing to channel flow around the topography to the
west and a lake breeze currently stalled along the Lake Superior
shoreline. However, winds will weaken and back at all sites just
after sunset. Finally, a very shallow layer of patchy fog may
develop near KIWD and KSAW toward sunrise but confidence is too
low to include in the TAFs at this time.

.MARINE...(For the 4 PM Lake Superior forecast issuance)
Issued at 220 PM EDT THU APR 19 2018

Gusts of 20-25 kts this afternoon will diminish overnight and remain
below 20 kts through the rest of the forecast period.

Issued at 433 AM EDT THU APR 19 2018

Snowpack will be melting thru at least early next week under warming
which will push temps to around normal or even slightly above
normal. Mostly sunny days thru the weekend will strongly aid the
melting. With nighttime temps falling blo freezing and dewpoints
likely remaining low, only a gradual increase in melting/runoff
should occur. Early next week, min temps may not fall blo freezing
for a night or two, increasing runoff potential, though dewpoints
will likely remain low, keeping melting of snow slower than would
otherwise occur. The addition of notable rainfall is the biggest
concern to increase flooding potential. Fortunately, there will be
no pcpn thru the weekend, and pcpn which occurs Tue/Wed should be on
the light side as a cold front passes. Temporary cool down following
the frontal passage will then slow down the ongoing snow melt.
Overall, these conditions don`t suggest any significant concerns
with the snow melt over the next 7 days. While melting will likely
be relatively controlled given the forecast, rivers will begin to
respond this weekend and minor flooding is quite possible at some
point down the road on the usual rivers that experience spring

Upper Michigan...
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LONG TERM...Rolfson
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