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Northport, MI

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Sunrise 7:33AMSunset 6:13PM Sunday February 17, 2019 10:42 PM EST (03:42 UTC) Moonrise 3:51PMMoonset 6:21AM Illumination 98% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 13 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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LMZ344 Sleeping Bear Point To Grand Traverse Light Mi- 255 Pm Est Mon Jan 28 2019
.gale warning in effect through Tuesday morning...
Tonight..Northeast wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots becoming north 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots after midnight. Snow. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 3 to 5 feet after midnight. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
Tuesday..West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Tuesday night..Northwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.
Wednesday..Northwest wind up to 30 knots. Snow showers. Waves 5 to 8 feet. SEe the open lakes forecast for days 3 through 5. This is the last nearshore forecast issuance of the season. The nearshore forecast will resume around march 18 2019.
LMZ344 Expires:201901290400;;064931 FZUS53 KAPX 281955 NSHAPX Nearshore Marine Forecast National Weather Service Gaylord MI 255 PM EST Mon Jan 28 2019 For waters within five nautical miles of shore on Lakes Huron... Michigan and Superior. Waves are the significant wave height - the average of the highest 1/3 of the wave spectrum. Occasional wave height is the average of the highest 1/10 of the wave spectrum. LMZ344-290400-


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Northport, MI
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Area Discussion for - Gaylord, MI
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national weather service gaylord mi
949 pm est Sun feb 17 2019

Update
Issued at 949 pm est Sun feb 17 2019
low pressure continues to make its way NE thru the ohio valley
late this evening..With a secondary low centered over central
illinois. Elongated area of mainly light snow continues to develop
north of this system... Now impacting northern illinois... Southern
wisconsin and central and southern lower michigan. Northern edge
of this snow shield continues to produce some light snow for
portions of our southern cwa... With only some additional low and
mid cloud cover for the rest of our cwa. Both areas of low
pressure will continue to push eastward toward the atlantic coast
overnight. Light snow will come to a gradual end across our
southern cwa... But diminishing cloud cover will likely hold off
until Monday. Latest kapx base ref trends are already beginning to
show some diminish in returns. Expect little in the way of new
snow accumulation overnight. Cold temps will continue... With
overnight lows mainly in the single digits... With some isolated
colder spots expected.

Near term (through tonight)
issued at 243 pm est Sun feb 17 2019
high impact weather potential: none.

Pattern synopsis forecast: early afternoon composite analysis shows
iowa centered shortwave trough steadily shearing out as it heads
into great lakes centered mid level confluence axis. Broad area of
mostly light snow tied to this shortwave, extending from the upper
mississippi valley into the southern great lakes. Some of this snow
trying mightily to punch into our southern areas, although without
too much success as dry northeast flow rotating around elongated
southern canada high pressure is keeping much of it from reaching
the surface. Otherwise, another uneventful day (2 in a row!!), with
plenty of clouds and some lake induced flurries rotating off
northern lake huron.

Iowa shortwave will continue to shear out tonight as it heads across
the southern great lakes. While this system will clip southern areas
will a bit of very light snow, than canadian high pressure will
exert much more influence, keeping much of the area dry and
seasonably chilly tonight.

Primary forecast concerns challenges: addressing snow evolution and
amounts, primarily late this afternoon and evening. Overnight cloud
and temperature trends.

Details: a battle of opposing airmasses, with that dry northeast
flow largely winning the battle later this afternoon and overnight.

Pattern recognition and guidance derived sounding analysis both
suggest snow will have a real struggle reaching the surface north of
m-72, with only somewhat better further south. Both very weak
forcing and limited moisture suggests any snow that does fall will
be light, with accumulations likely remaining under an inch. Given
what we have gone through, definitely not a big deal at all. Will
also likely see a few lake huron induced flurries rotating into
northeast lower michigan, with mostly cloudy but dry conditions
prevailing elsewhere. Those clouds and maintenance of northeast
surface winds will keep temperatures a smidge warmer than those
observed this past night, with readings mostly in the single digits
and teens. Of course, those winds will make it feel a few degrees
colder.

Short term (Monday through Wednesday)
issued at 243 pm est Sun feb 17 2019
high impact weather potential: minimal.

Pattern synopsis forecast: expansive high pressure drifting across
the great lakes Monday through Tuesday is expected to lead to fairly
tranquil conditions across the forecast area, although sufficient
over-lake instability may yield some light lake effect snow
showers flurries Monday evening into Tuesday across portions of
northwest lower and eastern upper, despite rather limited moisture
fields. Attention then shifts to the Wednesday time frame as a mid-
level wave and developing area of surface low pressure trek from the
mid-mississippi valley toward the lower lakes ohio valley region,
likely bringing a period of accumulating snow to much of northern
michigan.

Primary forecast concerns challenges: light lake effect chances
through Tuesday. Snow chances amounts Wednesday.

Anomalously strong high pressure is expected to slide across the
region during the day Monday as Sunday night's system focused to our
south shifts off to the east. Northerly flow will bring a marginally
colder airmass to much of northern michigan through the day Monday,
evident by h8 temps falling to near -16 c by Monday afternoon.

However, anemic moisture, sub 3 kft inversion heights and
weakening backing wind fields should prevent anything more than
nuisance flurries or light lake effect snow showers from developing.

This would affect mainly N nnw flow snow belts of both lake superior
and michigan, but certainly doesn't look like anything impactful.

By Monday night, high pressure slides overhead allowing boundary
layer winds to decouple resulting in perhaps some enhanced
convergence along the lake michigan and superior coastlines,
marginally enhancing light lake effect snow showers for a period of
time late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Given continued weak
wind fields, any snow showers should remain limited near the coasts
and nothing of real impact as moisture continues to look rather
paltry
by late Tuesday afternoon, low-mid level warm air advection is
expected to be underway ahead of the next approaching system, set to
cross the region Wednesday into Wednesday evening. A developing
surface low is expected to trek from the south-central plains into
the great lakes, spreading mainly light snow from southwest to
northeast across the region beginning early Wednesday morning across
our southwestern counties before spreading northeastward toward far
nw lower and eastern upper by midday. Model consensus QPF generally
ranges from 0.20-0.30 inches resulting in a general 2-4 inches of
accumulation... Highest across the tip of the mitt into eastern upper
where more robust forcing is expected Wednesday afternoon. Would
expect some refinement to snowfall accumulation and timing over the
next couple of days. Not nearly as windy as the past couple of
systems with south-southeast winds gusting up to 15 mph during the
day Wednesday. Snow tapers off Wednesday evening into early
Wednesday night as the system begins to exit the region to the east.

High temperatures Monday ranging from the middle teens to the lower
20s area wide before consistently warming a couple of degrees each
day through Wednesday. Wednesday's highs expected to vary from the
mid-upper 20s across the forecast area.

Long term (Wednesday night through Sunday)
issued at 243 pm est Sun feb 17 2019
high impact weather potential: minimal for now.

Perhaps some lingering light lake effect snow showers at times
Thursday into Friday, although limited moisture and over-lake
instability would suggest nothing of impact. The next chance for
widespread snow arrives Saturday as another system ramps up across
the midsection of the country before trekking northeastward toward
the great lakes. Much uncertainty exists during this time frame, but
bears watching moving forward.

Aviation (for the 00z tafs through 00z Monday evening)
issued at 609 pm est Sun feb 17 2019
low pressure will continue to track thru the ohio valley this
evening... Moving into the NE us overnight and Monday. Northern
edge of the associated moisture shield will remain over northern
lower michigan this evening and will then begin to pull eastward
as the low departs. LowVFR high MVFR CIGS will hold over our
region tonight... Along with a small chance of snow showers thru
the evening. Clouds will diminish on Monday as high pressure and
drier air build back into the western great lakes region. NE winds
aob 10 kts tonight will become northerly on Monday.

Apx watches warnings advisories
Mi... None.

Update... Mr
near term... mb
short term... Mg
long term... Mg
aviation... Mr


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
GTLM4 - Grand Traverse Light, MI 7 mi63 min E 15 G 19 19°F 1018.6 hPa
PNLM4 - 9087096 - Port Inland, MI 59 mi49 min N 4.1 G 5.1 12°F 1018.3 hPa
FPTM4 - Fairport, MI 65 mi63 min NNE 5.1 G 8 17°F 1018.6 hPa

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Charlevoix, Charlevoix Municipal Airport, MI22 mi47 minNE 510.00 miOvercast17°F8°F70%1019 hPa
Bellaire, Antrim County Airport, MI24 mi68 minNNE 810.00 miOvercast19°F11°F72%1017.6 hPa

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