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|Sunrise 5:48AM||Sunset 9:21PM||Sunday May 28, 2017 4:42 AM EDT (08:42 UTC)||Moonrise 7:57AM||Moonset 11:16PM||Illumination 8%|
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|LHZ345 Straits Of Mackinac Within 5 Nm Of Mackinac Bridge Including Mackinac Island- 410 Am Edt Sun May 28 2017 |
Today..East wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely in the morning. Slight chance of Thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight..Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday..Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday night..Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less. Winds and waves higher in the vicinity of Thunderstorms. SEe the open lakes forecast for days 3 through 5.
|LHZ345 Expires:201705281615;;332068 FZUS53 KAPX 280810 NSHAPX NEARSHORE MARINE FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI 410 AM EDT SUN MAY 28 2017 FOR WATERS WITHIN FIVE NAUTICAL MILES OF SHORE ON LAKES HURON... MICHIGAN AND SUPERIOR LHZ345-281615-|
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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
353 am edt Sun may 28 2017
Near term (today through tonight)
issued at 352 am edt Sun may 28 2017
high impact weather potential: possible thunderstorms. Severe storms
Pattern synopsis and forecast:
upper level and sfc low pressures were slowly drifting through
ontario, with it's associated cold front draped southward through mn
and the dakotas along larger scale upper troughing. Scattered
showers were common across NRN mn along the front, and ahead of a
clearly defined vorticity maximum seen on latest satellite imagery.
There was also some light rains showers that were trying to get
going along another sheared out wave lifting through the western
great lakes, with even some earlier sporadic rumbles of thunder
across eastern lake superior. Not very strong forcing across the
region, outside of dpva with the upper troughing and weakish low to
mid level warm advection, but clouds were expanding with cooling
cloud tops across NRN michigan wisconsin. All of the real active
weather was well south of us, in the deeper instability and
associated with sfc low pressure from the low to mid mississippi and
ohio river valleys.
Large scale upper troughing sharpens up through the day across the
western great lakes as the one clearly defined vorticity maximum
wraps into far western lake superior, and as another wraps back into
mn. Dpva increases across NRN michigan out ahead of the system cold
front which arrives tonight. See no reason clouds will do anything
but increase thicken up through the day and evening with showers
developing into a nice band swath just ahead of the front and upper
troughing. Instability will be lacking, with models doing what they
do best, in overdeveloping SBCAPE mlcape. Can foresee a few hundred
j kg with lapse rates aloft steepening to 6.5c km later this
afternoon evening for some embedded thunderstorms. The forcing and
deeper moisture will depart by later this evening, with the upper
low re-positioning itself over western lake superior late tonight.
Stronger energy does try to sneak in late, but any precipitation
will remain out west of NRN michigan.
High temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s with lows tonight
generally in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Short term (Monday through Tuesday)
issued at 352 am edt Sun may 28 2017
Showers and thunderstorms then cooler...
high impact weather potential... Thunderstorms Monday afternoon,
although at this point they don't look to be severe.
Pattern synopsis forecast... The 500 mb low is over the upper great
lakes region Monday morning, and it slowly moves to the northeast to
south of james bay by Tuesday evening(00z wed), where it remains
through the night.
As with any upper level low, this will be activated by the diurnal
heating cycle, kicking off the showers and limited thunderstorms
Monday afternoon as the 500 mb temperatures fall to less then -20c
producing a mid level lapse rate (700-500 mb) of about 7 c km. We
lose the heating overnight, and with the upper low moving northeast
out of the forecast area, the rain will taper off.
Tuesday morning will start quiet enough, but showers are expected to
become scattered again as the cool air of the 500 mb low rotates
over the region, but with the center of the low now a couple hundred
miles to the ne, will expect rain showers as the mid level lapse
rates fall to around 6 c km. As the day draws to a close, and the
low moves a little more NE the rain showers will become isolated, or
even dry out Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.|
Primary forecast concerns... Considering the amount of stratocu that
should be associated with this system, the CAPE during Monday
afternoon is a few hundred j kg on both the GFS and the SREF and the
shear is less than 30 knots. So will expect that there will be some
thunder activity, but nothing severe Monday afternoon, and with the
trend of the CAPE even lower on Tuesday, that thunder is not
expected, just rain showers.
Long term (Tuesday night through Saturday)
issued at 352 am edt Sun may 28 2017
Below normal temperature trend...
high impact weather potential... None
extended (Wednesday through Saturday)... Wednesday, the upper low
continues to move ne, but a new impulse begins to dive into the weak
500 mb trough, upstream in northern manitoba. So rain will probably
move through the forecast area Wednesday afternoon, and then dry out
Wednesday night. As the low dives into the upper great lakes, the
models disagree on the evolution of the low, itself, but not the
result, rain showers Thursday afternoon. The GFS suggests the low
cuts off to the north of lake superior and continues the rain
showers into Friday morning. However, that's where the models begin
to differ. The 500 mb low on the ECMWF is north of new england,
while the GFS has it north of lake superior. The GFS produces rain
showers through the early evening, while the ECMWF is dry from the
afternoon and overnight. Saturday, rain moves up from the SW with a
secondary sfc low moving into wisconsin on the ECMWF while it
remains dry on the gfs. Not sure which model has the better
solution, so have gone closer to the gfs, being dry, so that we
don't get an overly wet forecast from the differing solutions.
Aviation (for the 06z tafs through 06z Sunday night)
issued at 140 am edt Sun may 28 2017
generallyVFR conditions into Sunday morning with increasing amounts
of mainly mid and high clouds. Several disturbances to our west and
southwest will push into northern michigan on Sunday, resulting in
increasing showers. CIGS will generally remainVFR, potentially
dipping to MVFR during the afternoon hours as the showers become
more numerous. Low confidence non-severe thunderstorm possibility at
pln and apn on Sunday as well.
Cig forecast for Sunday evening uncertain. Trends point toward
higher CIGS (potentially even clearing), although there are some
conflicting lower cloud signals in some of the models. For now,
will show some cig improvement for the evening as the showers
Winds remain light throughout the period.
Issued at 352 am edt Sun may 28 2017
low pressure slowly drifts through ontario through Monday, with the
pressure gradient remaining loose through this evening, with
relatively light flow and developing lake breezes this afternoon.
The gradient tightens up late tonight into Monday with a chance for
some low end advisory level gusts through Tuesday.
Apx watches warnings advisories
Near term... Smd
short term... Jsl
long term... Jsl
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|SRLM4||16 mi||42 min||SE 7||53°F||48°F||47°F|
|MACM4 - 9075080 - Mackinaw City, MI||17 mi||42 min||NNE 1 G 2.9||51°F||1008.2 hPa (-1.1)||45°F|
|45175||21 mi||12 min||SE 1.9 G 3.9||51°F||50°F||1009 hPa|
|DTLM4 - 9075099 - De Tour Village, MI||35 mi||42 min||SSE 5.1 G 7||53°F||1008.3 hPa (-1.2)||51°F|
|45022||40 mi||22 min||ENE 3.9 G 3.9||51°F||45°F||1010.1 hPa||51°F|
|WSLM4||40 mi||42 min||SSW 6||55°F||50°F||1009.2 hPa (-1.2)||53°F|
|RCKM4 - 9076024 - Rock Cut, MI||42 mi||42 min||ENE 1 G 1.9||1009.5 hPa (-0.9)|
|WNEM4 - 9076027 - West Neebish, MI||43 mi||42 min||Calm G 1||51°F||1009.3 hPa (-0.9)||49°F|
Wind History for Mackinaw City, MI(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Cheboygan, Cheboygan County Airport, MI||6 mi||48 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||51°F||49°F||92%||1008.5 hPa|
|Mackinac Island - Mackinac Island Airport, MI||17 mi||67 min||SSE 4||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||49°F||49°F||100%||1009.1 hPa|
|Pellston, Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County Airport, MI||21 mi||48 min||N 0||10.00 mi||A Few Clouds||52°F||48°F||89%||1009 hPa|
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