Niles, IL Marine Weather and Tide Forecast

Marine Weather and Tide Forecast for Niles, IL

December 4, 2023 2:17 PM CST (20:17 UTC)
Sunrise 7:01AM   Sunset 4:21PM   Moonrise  12:00AM   Moonset 1:24PM 

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nearshore marine forecast national weather service chicago/romeoville il 946 am cst Mon dec 4 2023
for waters within 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 waves, along with the average height of the highest 10 percent of the waves which will occasionally be encountered.
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Rest of today..Northwest winds 5 to 10 kt becoming west by early afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
Tonight..Southwest winds 5 to 10 kt becoming south overnight. Snow and rain overnight. Waves 1 to 2 ft.
Tuesday..West winds 5 to 10 kt becoming north and increasing to 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Chance of rain and snow in the morning, then slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Waves around 1 ft building to 2 to 4 ft.
Tuesday night..Northwest winds 10 to 20 kt. Slight chance of rain in the evening. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Niles, IL
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Area Discussion for - Chicago, IL
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL 1222 PM CST Mon Dec 4 2023

Issued at 300 AM CST Mon Dec 4 2023

Through Tuesday...

Key Messages:

* Round of snow arrives tonight (except a rain/snow mix in our far south). Most accumulations look light (less than a half inch) and relegated to grass and the coldest surfaces.

* A chance (about 35%) for a very narrow ribbon of locally "higher" accums to 1-2" somewhere in the vicinity of I-80, although confidence on the precise system track remains unusually low.

* Most roads should remain just wet, but if/where enhanced rates set up, a dusting is possible on bridge decks.

Our feature of interest appears nicely in simple water vapor RGB loops emanating out of a zone of intense cyclonic shear vorticity across southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. This feature will continue to dig and amplify today as it rapidly traverses the northern Plains. Intense large scale forcing for ascent will increase quickly late this evening and overnight yielding an expanding zone of precipitation across the entire forecast area.
Wobbles in the system track continue, but think we're seeing guidance stabilize (finally). 00z HRRR looked like it was too far south, with the 06z run coming more in line with the global guidance. Have boosted PoPs to categorical across parts of the forecast area with this in mind.

While p-types might initially start as rain, Bourgouin melting energy output suggests a changeover to all snow will likely occur shortly after onset north of about our Kankakee River/I-80 locales. Do think the NAM continues to look a bit too cold, however. As is typical with these types of systems, moisture won't be in great supply, so still looking like a lighter event for us.
Cobb SLRs look pretty good, and suspect these will average out around 7-9:1 or thereabouts. With this in mind, hourly snowfall rates where things do fully changeover to snow will be less than a quarter inch per hour. The one exception might be late tonight/Tuesday morning immediately north of the 700 mb westerly wind max. Ephemeral f-gen forcing might yield a very small corridor of locally-enhanced precip rates for a brief period.
Uncertain where this will set up, with some guidance as far north as I-90 and others as far south as a Moline to Kankakee line.

Regardless of the exact track, not really anticipating travel impacts with air temperatures at or just above freezing. The lone exception would be where/if aforementioned enhanced rates set up which could yield a dusting on the very coldest surfaces such as bridge decks yielding patchy slick travel.

Precip will wane through Tuesday morning, although soundings look conducive for continue spits of drizzle/poor-quality snow even into the afternoon.


Issued at 300 AM CST Mon Dec 4 2023

Tuesday night through Sunday...

Key Messages:

* Lake effect rain showers in northwest Indiana Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning

* Dry and unseasonably warm conditions likely to develop towards the second half of the week

* Active weather pattern and more seasonable temperatures return next weekend into the early part of next week

A broad upper trough is forecast to be centered over the Great Lakes and much of the eastern CONUS Tuesday night, but will getting shoved eastward during the day on Wednesday. While any lingering precipitation from earlier in the day Tuesday should be just about over, lingering low-level moisture and northerly fetch down Lake Michigan will support some lake effect showers across portions of northwest Indiana. Forecast soundings do show that the bulk of the deep (~8000 ft) saturated layer should reside below the DGZ which should keep the showers mainly in the form of rain, but there does look to be a brief period Tuesday evening where some snow flakes could mix in. Though no accumulation is expected.
The better moisture and modest lake induced instability should begin to wane after midnight Tuesday night as winds become more northwesterly which should in turn push the lake effect showers east of our area into northern Indiana and southwest Lower Michigan prior to daybreak Wednesday morning. Thus, leaving us with dry conditions for our Wednesday but with some residual cloud cover and seasonable temperatures.

As the aforementioned trough exits the area on Wednesday, a stout 500 mb ridge is expected to develop over the central CONUS and advect eastwards into the Great Lakes by Thursday. This ridge will not only aid in suppressing any cloud cover, but also generate west-southwesterly mid-level flow which is forecast to warm 850 mb temperatures upwards of 6 to 8 C. These mid-level temperatures are expected to translate to unseasonably warm temperatures for Thursday and Friday where highs are forecast to be in low to mid-50s and mid to upper 50s to near 60 respectively.
Additionally, winds look to become breezy during this period as a deepening surface low traverses the northern edge of the ridge and tightens the pressure gradient. Depending on how deep we are able to mix during the afternoon hours, winds could possibly gust upwards of 30 mph each day.

However, the unseasonable warmth is not forecast to last long as a deepening trough begins to take hold across the western and central CONUS during the day on Friday and push eastward into the Great Lakes over the upcoming weekend. As the trough pushes east it will shove a cold front through the area which will serve as the focal point for more precipitation and seasonable temperatures in its wake. Though, exactly where this front will be when the trough ejects into the area remains very uncertain which will obviously dictate precipitation coverage and type across our area.
So while it is too soon to discuss these specifics, it can be said that more active weather is on the horizon for next weekend into early next week.


For the 18Z TAFs...

Aviation forecast concerns for the current TAF period include:

* High MVFR ceilings this afternoon into tonight

* Snow moves in tonight and continues into tomorrow morning, bringing IFR ceilings and visibilities (with some chance for LIFR conditions as well)

* Lingering snow transitions to rain late tomorrow morning with scattered rain showers continuing into the afternoon at/near the Chicago metro terminals

Stratocumulus trapped beneath an 850 mb temperature inversion is expected to persist this afternoon into this evening. Ceilings should generally remain between 2500 and 3500 ft AGL during this time frame everywhere except GYY, where they are more likely to remain closer to 2000 ft AGL. Winds will become more westerly behind a southward-dropping surface boundary this afternoon before trending southwesterly tonight as an incoming clipper system approaches.

This system will reach the area overnight, bringing snow to all of our TAF sites, though precipitation may initially onset as rain or a rain/snow mix before becoming all snow no later than 2 hours after onset. Ceilings will tank to IFR relatively quickly after the steadier snowfall begins and will likely be accompanied by IFR visibilities as well. There is about a 30% chance at this time that LIFR ceilings and/or visibilities will be observed at some point at any given TAF site, but opted to hold off on introducing a formal LIFR mention in the TAFs for now.

Most snow will taper off after daybreak tomorrow, though areas of light precipitation will likely linger around through the remainder of the morning, when the predominant precipitation type will eventually transition from snow to rain with time as temperatures rise slightly. During the afternoon, scattered rain showers are likely to be observed near Lake Michigan, though can't entirely rule out some snowflakes mixing in with these showers as well. Ceilings should remain IFR through the morning, though some gradual improvement to MVFR is expected by the mid/late afternoon.



Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesinHgDewPt
OKSI2 12 mi138 min NNE 4.1G6 39°F
CHII2 - Chicago, IL 14 mi28 min N 12G14 40°F 33°F
CNII2 15 mi18 min W 7G7 40°F 28°F
CMTI2 - 9087044 - Calumet, IL 24 mi48 min NW 14G21 40°F 29.9630°F
WHRI2 - Waukegan Harbor, IL 25 mi78 min W 5.1G7 37°F
KNSW3 - Kenosha, WI 41 mi78 min W 5.1G7 37°F 29.99
BHRI3 - Burns Harbor, IN 43 mi38 min NNW 6G8 40°F 30.00

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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisSkyWeatherTempDewPtRHinHg
KORD CHICAGO O'HARE INTL,IL 6 sm26 minWNW 0510 smOvercast39°F28°F65%29.98
KPWK CHICAGO EXECUTIVE,IL 9 sm25 minNW 0610 smOvercast37°F27°F65%30.01
KMDW CHICAGO MIDWAY INTL,IL 15 sm24 minNW 0710 smOvercast43°F28°F57%29.99
KDPA DUPAGE,IL 24 sm25 minNW 0610 smOvercast39°F28°F65%29.99

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