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Port Sanilac, MI

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Sunrise 7:20AMSunset 6:06PM Wednesday February 19, 2020 9:53 AM EST (14:53 UTC) Moonrise 5:05AMMoonset 2:10PM Illumination 17% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 25 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.
Marine Forecasts
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LHZ463 Lake Huron From Harbor Beach To Port Sanilac Beyond 5nm Off Shore- Lake Huron From Port Sanilac To Port Huron Beyond 5nm Off Shore- 946 Am Est Wed Feb 19 2020
Rest of today..West winds 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Tonight..Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Thursday..Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Thursday night..West winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Friday..Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Gusts to 30 knots late in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Saturday..Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots until early morning. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Sunday..Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet in the late evening and early morning.
LHZ463 Expires:202002192130;;778009 FZUS63 KDTX 191446 GLFLH Open Lake Forecast for Lake Huron National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI 946 AM EST Wed Feb 19 2020 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 arctic front will soon clear to the southeast keeping the region within a dry and cold arctic airmass. 30.80 inHg high pressure will drop down from the Dakotas and expand southeastward over the next couple of days. The center of the high will reach the the mid Mississippi Valley Friday then usher in warmer air. Strong pressure gradient winds create gusty conditions Friday afternoon/evening. LHZ463-464-192130-


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Port Sanilac, MI
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Area Discussion for - Detroit/Pontiac, MI
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FXUS63 KDTX 191210 AFDDTX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI 710 AM EST Wed Feb 19 2020

AVIATION.

A few streamers of borderline VFR/MVFR clouds and a flurries leading up to sunrise are associated with a front bringing arctic air into the region. Some expansion of the clouds is possible toward mbS while conditions remain scattered across the rest of the region during the day. Northwest wind gusting near 25 knots might be the most notable aspect of aviation conditions but these diminish below 20 knots for the afternoon. Strong high pressure building from the northern Plains into the Midwest ensures dry weather today through tonight with just some thickening high clouds tonight through sunrise Thursday.

DTW THRESHOLD PROBABILITIES .

* Low for ceiling 5000 ft or less this morning.

PREV DISCUSSION. Issued at 336 AM EST Wed Feb 19 2020

DISCUSSION .

Quiet weather expected today through Saturday as a strong and expansive arctic high pressure system takes hold of the region. It will be centered over the northern Plains this morning and then will slowly drift southeastward through the end of the week eventually reaching TN/KY by Friday.

An arctic front pushed south through lower MI overnight helping to pull some moisture off the western Lakes through southern MI. An isolated ob or two showed some snow but generally speaking it resulted in enhanced cloud cover. The front did mark the beginning of a mid week cool down as a positively tilted thermal trough settles over the state. 850mb will drop into the negative teens today, down from the 0C to -5C we had on Tuesday. Highs today will be limited to the upper 20s for most locations. There is an outside shot at some flurries this afternoon as cold northwest flow sparks some lake enhanced clouds, and possibly snow showers over the west part of the state. The thinking is that the high is already becoming well established over the area with surface pressure around 1028mb and a strong subsidence inversion around 3kft. This shallow boundary layer doesn't allow for much moisture to work all the way east into the area through the dry airmass, especially considering northwesterly flow making a longer trek for the moisture. Will keep the forecast dry at this point and allow the day shift to add flurries where necessary if satellite signature warrants it.

A second arctic front will sweep down through the region late tonight into Thursday. The core of the cold air, near -20C, will glance the region allowing for temps to bottom out around 10F tonight. There will again be an outside chance of some flurries as the flow backs a bit more westerly along the front but may also just be more of a virga scenario as a pocket of mid level moisture passes overhead seeding the drier air below. Temps will remain in the 20s once again with the thermal trough still overhead.

As the high drifts more to our south on Friday, surface flow will become more southwesterly. This while the mid level ridge folds over into the region resulting in westerly flow aloft. Both will result in a warming airmass boosting high temps back into the mid 30s. The pattern will hold through Saturday allowing further moderation to the airmass with highs increasing into the 40s for both Saturday and Sunday. The next chance of precipitation won't come until Sunday night as a southern stream storm is forecast to pass to our south while the northern periphery of the precip shield lifts into southern MI.

MARINE .

High pressure over North Dakota will expand southeastward bringing dry conditions and low-impact waves today. Cold northwest flow behind a passing arctic front will maintain a few more hours of freezing spray near the central Lake Huron international border with a few lingering light snow showers. Winds will fluctuate between westerly and northwesterly in the 10-15 knot range over the next few days. Air temperatures remain chilly through the remainder of the work week as the arctic airmass remains positioned over the Great Lakes. By Friday afternoon, the high will reach the mid Mississippi Valley causing local flow to back to the southwest, transitioning the region to a warm advection regime. A stronger gradient will develop as a low pivots through Hudson Bay, generating strong winds Friday afternoon/evening with favorable 850 mb LLJ dyanmics allowing for 30-35 knot surface gusts during the evening/overnight period.

DTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES.

MI . NONE. Lake Huron . NONE. Lake St Clair . NONE. Michigan waters of Lake Erie . NONE.



AVIATION . BT DISCUSSION . DRK MARINE . KK

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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
PSCM4 22 mi54 min W 5.1 G 13 20°F 1049.4 hPa (+3.3)
HRBM4 - 9075014 - Harbor Beach, MI 33 mi54 min 20°F 32°F1030.9 hPa (+3.5)12°F
FTGM4 - 9014098 - Fort Gratiot, MI 39 mi54 min 21°F 1030.9 hPa (+3.7)5°F
MBRM4 - 9014090 - Mouth of the Black River, MI 41 mi54 min 25°F 1031.1 hPa (+3.7)
KP58 47 mi63 min WNW 8.9 22°F 1031.3 hPa10°F

Wind History for Harbor Beach, MI
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Huron County Memorial Airport, MI47 mi59 minW 710.00 miOvercast20°F11°F69%1030.8 hPa

Link to 5 minute data for KBAX

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