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|Sunrise 5:45AM||Sunset 9:36PM||Wednesday June 28, 2017 3:18 PM EDT (19:18 UTC)||Moonrise 10:17AM||Moonset 11:52PM||Illumination 22%|
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|LMZ362 Lake Michigan From Seul Choix Point To Rock Island Passage 5 Nm Offshore To Mid Lake- Lake Michigan South Of A Line From Seul Choix Point To The Mackinac Bridge And North Of A Line From Charlevoix Mi To South Fox Island 5 Nm Offshore- Lake Michigan From Charlevoix To Point Betsie Mi 5 Nm Offshore To Mid Lake- Lake Michigan From Point Betsie To Manistee Mi 5 Nm Offshore To Mid Lake- Lake Michigan From Rock Island Passage To Sturgeon Bay Wi- Lake Michigan From Sturgeon Bay To Two Rivers Wi 5 Nm Offshore To Mid Lake- Lake Michigan From Two Rivers To Sheboygan Wi 5 Nm Offshore To Mid Lake- Lake Michigan From Pentwater To Manistee Mi 5 Nm Offshore To Mid Lake- 836 Am Cdt Wed Jun 28 2017 Sheboygan Wi To Pentwater Mi North... |
Rest of today..South winds 15 to 25 kt increasing to 30 kt. Occasional gale force gusts to 35 kt this afternoon. Periods of showers and Thunderstorms. Waves 3 to 5 ft building to 7 to 10 ft occasionally to 13 ft.
Tonight..South winds to 30 kt becoming southwest. Occasional gale force gusts to 35 kt this evening. Showers and Thunderstorms especially in the evening. Waves 7 to 10 ft occasionally to 13 ft subsiding to 5 to 8 ft occasionally to 10 ft.
Thursday..Southwest winds 15 to 25 kt diminishing to 10 to 20 kt. Waves 4 to 6 ft occasionally to 8 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft.
Thursday night..West winds 10 to 15 kt becoming south. Chance of Thunderstorms overnight. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
Friday..Southeast winds 10 to 20 kt becoming south. Chance of Thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
Friday night..West winds 10 to 20 kt diminishing to 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
Saturday..West winds 10 to 20 kt. Chance of Thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
Sunday..West winds 10 to 20 kt diminishing to 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
|LMZ362 Expires:201706282145;;952884 FZUS63 KLOT 281336 GLFLM OPEN LAKE FORECAST for Lake Michigan National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 836 AM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017 FOR WATERS BEYOND FIVE NAUTICAL MILES OF SHORE ON Lake Michigan. Waves are provided as a range of significant wave heights, which is the average of the highest 1/3 of the wave, along with the average height of the highest 10% of the waves which will occasionally be encountered. .SYNOPSIS...Low pressure of 29.4 inches over the eastern Dakotas will move east across the Upper Mississippi Valley by this evening...then will fill slightly to 29.6 inches as it moves to the northern Lakes by Thursday morning. The low will drag a cold front across the lake and into the Central Plains...where another low of 29.6 inches will develop Thursday night...before moving across central or northern Lake Michigan by late Friday. This low will then slowly deepen as it moves into eastern Ontario Saturday with the trailing cold front moving south of the lake. Weak high pressure of 29.9 inches will spread across the lake Sunday. LMZ261-362-364-366-563-565-567-868-282145-|
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Area Discussion for - Gaylord, MI  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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area forecast discussion
national weather service gaylord mi
309 pm edt Wed jun 28 2017
Issued at 1144 am edt Wed jun 28 2017
convoluted pattern across the region this morning. Well defined
short wave trough is crossing the central northern plains with
attendant surface low pressure pushing into minnesota. Warm front
arcs southeastward through wisconsin and down through the ohio
valley. Strong low level flow across the midwest has pulled a
rather tight theta-e axis into the midwest and now advancing into
the western great lakes... As evidenced by quickly developing
advancing thin line of showers and a few storms through E ne
wisconsin this morning. Further back to the west... Diminishing
batch of showers storms from the overnight hours is advancing into
the upper midwest with a couple distinct convectively induced
vorticity centers noted within larger scale mosaic radar pattern.
Primary forecast concerns remain focused on precip evolution timing
amounts through tonight. Downstream airmass across michigan is
somewhat dry and stable for the moment although upstream
theta-e instability axis will get quickly advected into the far
western lakes region by late day heading into the evening. Have
to believe that the aforementioned upstream mvc's will be able to
swing some more widespread showers a few storms up into and
through northern michigan later in the day and this evening. Will
have to see how things unfold (as always) but for now... Have
lower pops spreading into the region in the early going as this
initial line of showers tries to push into the region... Beefier
rain chances later in the afternoon tonight.
Severe weather threat... Current SPC day1 marginal risk really
focuses back behind this initial batch of precip... With
heating destabilization through the afternoon and additional
thunderstorm development. Marginal risk into parts of michigan is
rather broad... Reflecting a fair amount of uncertainty in
convective trends. But our best shot for thunderstorms is probably
late afternoon and this evening as instability axis finally gets
pulled into the region. Rather strong winds aloft (40 to 50 knots)
could support a marginal risk for severe... Provided we have the
Excessive rainfall threat... Again it all depends on how things
evolve. But given upstream rainfall trends amounts thus far... Am
less than impressed. Unless precip can really get going later
today and persist through tonight... I'm not too concerned with
heavy flooding rains... Yet.
Update issued at 654 am edt Wed jun 28 2017
not much to update for at the moment. The ECMWF qpf still seems to
be the best handling the system in the upper mississippi valley.
Near term (today through tonight)
issued at 325 am edt Wed jun 28 2017
Heavy rain to fall late this afternoon and tonight...
high impact weather potential... Marginal risk of severe storms, and
a slight risk excessive rain of exceeding flash flood guidance.
Pattern synopsis forecast... All the models start with the sfc low
coming out of the N plains this morning, and heading into the upper
mississippi valley upper great lakes by the evening. This sets up a
strong baroclinic zone warm front with strong 850 mb LLJ (40-50 kt)
by the afternoon and begins the impetus of the heavy rain that we
have been advertising. However, the details are a little murkier
this model run as the NAM and GFS have brought the QPF bull's south
into N lower while the ECMWF is still in E upper and the hiresw
models are toward the tip of the mitt. Overnight, the sfc low moves
into southern lake superior, with most of the rain focused along the
warm front, which looks to be north of lake huron in ontario by
Primary forecast concerns... With the right curve of the QPF from the
nam and gfs, the main concern is that the heavy rain could be
anywhere in the forecast area. Considering that the hires models and
the ECMWF are still in the same basic area as they were from the 12z
model runs, would believe that a bit more. It is interesting to note
that the 00z ECMWF shows a configuration in the QPF as the ongoing
radar out in the plains. So if the ECMWF is right then the rain,
while heavy will be progressive and pushes out quickly enough before
we reach flash flood guidance. Also with the wpc excessive rainfall
discussion with only a 5-10% chance of reaching FFG (slight risk)
will, at this time, hold off from issuing any flood watches.
Short term (Thursday through Friday)
issued at 325 am edt Wed jun 28 2017
Another round of substantial rain Friday-Friday night??...
high impact weather potential... Potential for additional substantial
rainfall across a portion of northern michigan Friday into Friday
night. Some thunderstorms also possible.
Pattern synopsis forecast... Northern michigan will briefly be in the
warm sector Thursday morning while the surface low moves across
eastern lake superior into ontario. An ill-defined trailing cold
front will make little southward progress and become more zonally
oriented through the day, stretching from drummond island down into
iowa. Shower chances expected to gradually diminish through the
morning into early afternoon across northern mi as drier air
encroaches from the west with the approach of a building upper
ridge. However, scattered showers may linger longer over eastern
upper, closer to the low. Attention then shifts to iowa where
another developing low will ride northeast along the front into
michigan on Friday.|
The 28.00z model run has created far more questions than answers
with regard to Friday's system, but it does look like there will be
potential for some additional widespread decent rainfall across a
portion of northern michigan. The track of this system is the
biggest factor in question, but expect it will be somewhere through
northern lower or eastern upper. Dynamics and thermodynamics are
very much in question, though it appears a developing LLJ will allow
favorable moisture transport to nose into northern mi Friday
afternoon evening with pwats likely in excess of 1.5". Instability
will largely depend on the track of this system, but as of now it
appears there will be enough to support some thunderstorm activity.
Given the considerable uncertainties with this system, it's
premature to speculate about potential rainfall amounts. For
instance, GEFS qpf plumes for kapx show spread anywhere from 0.25"
to 2" Friday afternoon through Friday night. Will have to wait for
subsequent model runs later today for (hopefully) more clarity and
watch where tonight's heaviest rainfall materializes to gauge any
potential impacts from additional rainfall Friday night.
Expect cloud cover to be more extensive across the northern part of
our forecast area on Thursday, which (along with any lingering
showers) will keep temperatures in the 60s north of the straits.
Skies will become partly cloudy over northern lower, where
temperatures will rise through the 70s, even flirt with 80 near
saginaw bay. Friday's readings will be similar.
Long term (Friday night through Tuesday)
issued at 325 am edt Wed jun 28 2017
high impact weather potential... Minimal. A thunderstorm or two
possible on Saturday.
Longwave troughing aloft will sit over the upper great lakes through
the weekend with a couple shortwaves rotating across northern
michigan. This will allow for additional diurnal showers (and
possibly a storm or two) on Saturday, but drier air filtering into
the region Saturday night into Sunday should allow for mostly dry
conditions the latter half of the weekend... Aside from perhaps a
stray shower or two. Surface high pressure and a building upper
ridge looks to provide a period of quiet weather across northern
michigan for Monday and independence day, though the more active
weather will be found just to our south downstate. And to add to
that good news (for those craving more summerlike temperatures), a
subtle warming trend looks to be on tap through the first half of
the week with highs around normal.
Aviation (for the 18z tafs through 18z Thursday afternoon)
issued at 309 pm edt Wed jun 28 2017
vfr conditions linger across northern michigan for the moment.
Initial line of showers is making progress through NW lower
michigan and will cross the region over the next few hours. Brief
showers and some lowering of CIGS (vfr) can be expected. More
widespread rainfall is back across central eastern wisconsin along
and ahead of advancing short wave trough that will swing through
the region over the next several hours. More widespread rainfall
will spread into the region late this afternoon into this evening
and eventually bring MVFR CIGS to the terminal sites as we go
through the evening... Lingering into Thursday morning. Some
thunder is possible through the course of the night.
On Thursday... Upstream low pressure system slips through lake
superior kicking cold occluded front through northern michigan
early on... Followed by a dry punch of air sliding through northern
lower michigan along the southern fringe of the low. This will
kick the batch of rain out of northern lower michigan during the
morning hours with CIGS improving toVFR heading into the
afternoon. Possible we might see some showers bubble up across ne
lower michigan during the afternoon... If enough low level
Issued at 325 am edt Wed jun 28 2017
today through Thursday night... As an area of low pressure migrates
from the northern plains to the upper great lakes tonight, the
gradient is expected to tighten up and produce small craft winds
and waves later this morning and into the night. Winds should
begin to diminish as the low moves north of the up, and gradient
relaxes again. High pressure settles into the upper great lakes
and the winds remain below small craft thresholds through Thursday
Apx watches warnings advisories
Mi... Beach hazards statement through Thursday morning for miz020-025-
Lh... Small craft advisory from 8 pm this evening to 8 am edt Thursday
Small craft advisory until 8 am edt Thursday for lhz348-349.
Lm... Small craft advisory until 8 am edt Thursday for lmz323-341-342-
Ls... Small craft advisory from 8 pm this evening to 8 am edt Thursday
Small craft advisory until 8 am edt Thursday for lsz321.
near term... Jsl
short term... Mek
long term... Mek
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|GTLM4 - Grand Traverse Light, MI||26 mi||39 min||SSW 9.9 G 19||66°F||1011.9 hPa|
|45022||27 mi||29 min||S 12 G 16||69°F||62°F||1 ft||1012.8 hPa||55°F|
|WSLM4||28 mi||79 min||SSE 22||68°F||60°F||1012.1 hPa (-2.2)||49°F|
|PNLM4 - 9087096 - Port Inland, MI||32 mi||49 min||SSW 8 G 11||60°F||1010.1 hPa|
|NABM4 - Naubinway, MI||35 mi||39 min||ESE 7 G 8||64°F||1010.5 hPa|
|45175||44 mi||29 min||SW 9.7 G 14||70°F||62°F||1 ft||1012 hPa|
|MACM4 - 9075080 - Mackinaw City, MI||45 mi||49 min||S 11 G 14||73°F||1011 hPa||42°F|
|45002 - N MICHIGAN- Halfway between North Manitou and Washington Islands.||49 mi||89 min||S 19 G 23||59°F||53°F||4 ft||1010.5 hPa (-2.9)|
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|Beaver Island, Beaver Island Airport, MI||8 mi||37 min||S 6 G 18||10.00 mi||Overcast||70°F||55°F||60%||1011.2 hPa|
|Charlevoix, Charlevoix Municipal Airport, MI||24 mi||24 min||S 10 G 18||10.00 mi||Light Rain||68°F||56°F||67%||1012.5 hPa|
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