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Port Sanilac, MI

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Sunrise 7:49AMSunset 6:38PM Thursday October 21, 2021 4:26 PM EDT (20:26 UTC) Moonrise 6:17PMMoonset 7:42AM Illumination 99% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 16 days in cycle
NOTE: Some of the data on this page has not been verified and should be used with that in mind. It may and occasionally will, be wrong. The tide reports are by xtide and are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.
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LHZ463 Expires:202110220815;;046318 Fzus63 Kdtx 211951 Glflh Open Lake Forecast For Lake Huron National Weather Service Detroit/pontiac Mi 351 Pm Edt Thu Oct 21 2021 For Waters Beyond Five Nautical Miles Off Shore On Lake Huron 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.
Synopsis..An area of low pressure around 29.60 inches will track eastward from central lake huron to southern quebec this evening. A trailing trough will linger through most of the night before also exiting to the east. Weak area of high pressure around 30.00 inches will then build into the region Friday into the weekend. Lhz462>464-220815- lake huron from port austin to harbor beach beyond 5nm off shore- lake huron from harbor beach to port sanilac beyond 5nm off shore- lake huron from port sanilac to port huron beyond 5nm off shore- 351 pm edt Thu oct 21 2021
Tonight..Northwest winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots. Showers in the evening. Waves 6 to 9 feet. Waves occasionally around 12 feet.
Friday..Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots decreasing to 5 to 10 knots early in the afternoon...then veering to the northwest 5 to 10 knots late in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Friday night..North winds 5 to 10 knots. A chance of waterspouts after midnight. A chance of showers after midnight. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
Saturday..West winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late morning and afternoon. A chance of waterspouts. A chance of showers. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
Saturday night..West winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late evening and overnight. A chance of waterspouts in the evening. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
Sunday..West winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots late in the morning...then becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots late in the afternoon becoming east 15 to 20 knots late in the evening. A chance of showers late in the evening. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet late in the evening.
Monday..East winds 15 to 20 knots. A chance of showers early in the morning...then showers likely until early evening. A chance of showers in the late evening and early morning. Waves 4 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 8 feet.
Tuesday..East winds 15 to 20 knots. A chance of showers early in the morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet in the late evening and early morning.
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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Port Sanilac, MI
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Area Discussion for - Detroit/Pontiac, MI
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI 318 PM EDT Thu Oct 21 2021

DISCUSSION.

NEAR TERM / REST OF TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT

As of 315 PM EDT . Compact midlevel wave continues to progress eastward along the vicinity of the I-96 corridor, with rather impressive circulation noted on water vapor imagery. Secondary cold front associated with this feature also continues to quickly progress eastward, with latest regional observations depicting the westerly wind shift now encroaching the US 31 corridor. Ahead of the front, a few hour window of partial cloud clearing allowed temperatures to briefly spike into the mid 60s for a large chunk of the region, helping to build an already enhanced boundary layer mixing profile. Wind gusts will top out around 30 mph, especially where the sun was able to be out the longest, although most areas will see gusts more around 25 mph.

As anticipated and outlined in the updated forecast discussion from this morning, shower activity is beginning to blossom across Lower Michigan and southeast Michigan as increasing dynamic forcing accompanying the midlevel circulation moves through and is met with colder air rushing in from aloft. Latest SPC mesoanalysis depicts around 500 J/kg of SBCAPE along and east of the US 23/I-75 corridor along with midlevel lapse rates of 7 C/km. This instability may be just enough along with inbound 850 hPa temps falling into the low/mid positive single digits to spark a few isolated thunderstorms, especially north of the M-59 corridor. Low freezing levels below 8 kft will also support the potential for small hail in any convection as well. Peak timing still looks on track for 3pm- 8pm, with coverage becoming scattered to numerous.

Shower activity rapidly wanes from west to east as the midlevel circulation departs off into Ontario late this evening, with just a few lingering Lake Huron-enhanced showers possible across the far eastern Thumb as winds begin shifting to more of a west/northwesterly direction. Brief subsidence behind the wave may allow for some partial clearing late, which could aide in dropping low temperatures. Regardless, low temperatures will be on the chilly side falling generally into the upper 30s to lower 40s. Pockets of mid 30s will be possible across the Saginaw Valley into the farmland regions of Shiawassee/Livingston/Washtenaw counties. A lingering pressure gradient will keep northwest winds behind the front from trending calm, and with abundant cloud cover, frost concerns are minimal tonight.

SHORT TERM / FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT

The end of the work week through the first half of the weekend will be characterized by rather tranquil, but cool and dreary conditions as an expansive closed upper low remains locked in the planetary flow in vicinity of Hudson Bay. Friday will feature confluent flow aloft leading to stable and dry conditions for most of southeast Michigan, with the exception being the potential for the far eastern Thumb possibly seeing a few lake effect rain showers downwind off Lake Huron. Lake aggregate moisture will ensure plenty of clouds stick around regardless and 850 hPa temps falling to into the -2 to - 4 C range will make high temps hard pressed to top 50 degrees for most areas. Luckily, northwest winds will remain light to limit the bite to the dreary day. Frost potential will be slightly better Friday night, particularly for the interior Thumb as winds will likely go calm allowing low temps to fall into the low/mid 30s, although cloud cover will be a concern for ideal radiational cooling conditions. Regardless, some patchy frost should be realized although not anywhere widespread to consider headlines.

Saturday will see the core of the Hudson Bay closed low retrograde westward, allowing spokes of energy to move southward from the northern Great Lakes towards the end of the day and promoting at the very least, an enhancement to lake effect shower activity. Questions still remain as to whether any shower activity can be realized over southeast Michigan, but would not be surprised if PoPs need to be bumped up over later forecast cycles given possible daytime heating enhancement with the 532 dam 500 hPa closed low just north of Lake Superior.

Saturday night will have the best potential at seeing widespread frost across southeast Michigan as the closed low begins to break down and shift off to the east as low pressure strengthens in the central Plains. In between across the central Great Lakes, weak surface ridging looks to briefly take hold and may allow for clouds to briefly scour out Saturday night, and along with near calm winds, low temperatures should easily be able to fall into the mid 30s, with low 30s in the colder spots in play. End of the growing season for southeast Michigan is typically around this time of year, and Saturday night may just provide the setup to end the growing season regardless.

LONG TERM / SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

The central Plains low pressure system will eject northeastward into the northern Ohio Valley for the second half of the weekend into Monday bringing the next round of widespread rainfall to the region. Rainfall looks to start Sunday morning along the warm advection arc of the system, and continuing potentially through Monday afternoon. As of now, the system looks to fully mature as it tracks just south of the region, with a long duration overrunning rain event potentially bringing rainfall amounts in excess of an inch to at least southern portions of the forecast area. Forecast uncertainty then increases considerably heading into the middle of next week as the synoptic flow becomes highly amplified over the CONUS. Temperatures during the long term will trend back towards seasonal averages.

MARINE.

A surface low now over Lake Huron will continue to move east away from the region this evening. A trailing trough axis will be slower to exit and will persist through much of the night. Showers and thunderstorms will continue this evening but as the better forcing from the low pulls away, the lingering trough will keep just some showers around part of the night. Winds vary throughout the eastern lakes with northwest winds across northern Lake Huron and westerly winds for Lake St Clair and Lake Erie south of the trailing trough. Eventually winds will all become northwesterly with the trough passage later this evening. A tight gradient and cold air advection will keep gusty winds around through Friday morning and though winds will fall to below Small Craft Advisory criteria tonight, waves heights will remain elevated across southern Lake Huron through Friday morning. North wind then tapers off on Friday as cooler air settles into the region and the gradient weakens.

PREV DISCUSSION. Issued at 145 PM EDT Thu Oct 21 2021

AVIATION .

Compact trailing midlevel circulation will track eastward across the airspace through the evening hours providing the focus for renewed scattered to numerous shower development through roughly 00z, with coverage anticipated to be greatest at KPTK, KFNT, and KMBS. Isolated thunder will also be possible as a secondary cold front swings through and ushers in colder air aloft, but confidence not high enough to place in the TAFs at this time. After breaks in cloud cover leading to periodic clearing and lifting of ceilings to VFR, ceilings will dip back into solid MVFR for the remaining daylight hours and through much of tonight as boundary layer cools and remains saturated. Best chance at seeing periodic lifting to low-end VFR will be at the Detroit metro sites later tonight when weak subsidence post midlevel wave exit may offer a few hours of scattering of the stratus field. Broad, cool, and moist cyclonic flow keeps plenty of stratus/stratocu around for Friday. Southwest winds ahead of the secondary cold front passage today will peak around 25-28 knots before flipping northwest after 03z and rapidly waning below 10 knots the remainder of the period.

For DTW . Best opportunity for additional showers will be in the 19z- 00z window, with prevailing MVFR ceilings and strong southwest gusts possibly exceeding 25 knots at times being the primary aviation concerns into tonight.

DTW THRESHOLD PROBABILITIES .

* High in ceilings at or below 5000 feet through tonight. Medium after 12z Friday.

* Low for crosswind exceedance out of 250-270 direction.

DTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. MI . NONE. Lake Huron . Small Craft Advisory until 10 AM EDT Friday for LHZ421-441>443.

Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening for LHZ422.

Lake St Clair . Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening for LCZ460.

Michigan waters of Lake Erie . Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening for LEZ444.



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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
45149 - Southern Lake Huron 4 mi86 min S 14G16 68°F 62°F3 ft1004.7 hPa
PSCM4 22 mi86 min SW 9.9G15 65°F 1023 hPa (-2.1)
HRBM4 - 9075014 - Harbor Beach, MI 33 mi56 min W 9.9G15 62°F 59°F1004 hPa53°F
MBRM4 - 9014090 - Mouth of the Black River, MI 41 mi56 min 64°F 1004.4 hPa
KP58 47 mi31 min NNW 9.9G23 58°F 1005.2 hPa56°F

Wind History for Harbor Beach, MI
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Airport Reports
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St Clair County International Airport, MI47 mi31 minW 9 G 1510.00 miOvercast64°F54°F68%1005.4 hPa

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