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Sunrise 7:43AMSunset 5:03PM Friday November 27, 2020 11:37 PM EST (04:37 UTC) Moonrise 3:50PMMoonset 4:50AM Illumination 95% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 13 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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LHZ348 Presque Isle Light To Sturgeon Pt Mi Including Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary- 1000 Pm Est Fri Nov 27 2020
Overnight..West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots after midnight. Scattered rain and snow showers after midnight. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Saturday..Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday night..Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday..Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. SEe the open lakes forecast for days 3 through 5.
LHZ348 Expires:202011281100;;504234 FZUS53 KAPX 280300 NSHAPX Nearshore Marine Forecast National Weather Service Gaylord MI 1000 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020 For waters within five nautical miles of shore on Lakes Huron... Michigan and Superior. 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. LHZ348-281100-


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Alpena, MI
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Area Discussion for - Gaylord, MI
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FXUS63 KAPX 280216 AFDAPX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Gaylord MI 916 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

UPDATE. Issued at 916 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

Small area of precip associated with weak surface cold front and vort max aloft got amped up over northern Lake MI. Decent-ish area of SHSN (mixed at times with SHRA, especially near Lake MI) made inroads into nw and n central lower MI, along with parts of eastern upper MI. However, as the localized forcing moves away from Lake MI, precip is diminishing in coverage and intensity. Expect this to wane further, before eventually exiting east. There was a brief uptick in lake effect clouds/precip behind this initial band, but again this is waning too. Much drier air is poised upstream, and is making inroads across Lake MI. Partial clearing has already reached Leelanau/Benzie Cos, as well as eastern upper MI.

Increased pops in many areas earlier this evening, but precip coverage/intensity will only fall apart from this point. Places along and south of M-32 should become mostly clear overnight, but partly to mostly cloudy skies will linger longer in the north (especially in eastern upper MI).

NEAR TERM. (Through Saturday) Issued at 310 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

High impact weather potential: None.

Pattern synopsis/forecast:

Positively tilted shortwave trough in the process of pivoting across northern Michigan this afternoon . part of a progressive northern stream flow regime found across central NOAM. While trough axis is largely void of any widespread precipitation, just enough boundary layer moisture and uptick in over-water thermal gradient via attendant cooling H8 layer to likely provide a few light showers yet this afternoon. Temperatures continue to run a touch on the mild side for this time of year, with current readings in the upper 30s and lower 40s a good five or more degrees above specific normal values for today's date.

Shortwave trough exits stage right quickly this evening, with departure of coldest temperature anomalies running just a few hours behind. Building mid level heights and development of rather impressive warm air advection on northern fringes of lower Ohio Valley centered high pressure look to bring dry and seasonably mild conditions much of this weekend.

Primary forecast concerns/challenges: Addressing lingering light lake effect shower chances this evening and temperature/cloud trends through Saturday.

Details:

Gotta believe we will see at least a few lake-induced rain and snow showers rotate off Lake Superior and northern Lake Michigan into this evening as inversion heights exceed 5kft and decent moisture remains in the convective boundary layer. Definitely not looking like a big deal for sure, with at most a few tenths of an inch of snow expected. Any lake effect showers expected to come to an end during the overnight as both subsidence increases and coldest temperatures aloft depart. Likely to even see a scattering out of the cloud cover, with skies becoming partly cloudy to mostly clear by morning across a good portion of northern lower Michigan.

Area will be fully engulfed in warm air advection regime Saturday as weak wave passes by well to our north and surface high pressure settles into the Ohio Valley. Increasingly gusty southwest winds will be the result, at times likely gusting up and over 25 mph by the afternoon. Despite aggressive warming aloft and what should be mostly to partly sunny skies, limited mixing depth should keep temperatures from reaching their full potential. Still, expected highs in the lower and middle 40s are definitely much warmer than one would expect as we head into the waning days of November.

SHORT TERM. (Saturday night through Monday) Issued at 310 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

. Mild then Turning Brisk with Small Snow Chances .

High impact weather: None is expected.

Primary forecast concerns/challenges: Gusty winds and chilly wind chills Monday.

No big change in the forecast with the mild zonal flow Saturday night into Sunday morning giving way to an incoming moisture starved northern stream trough. It still does not look like this trough will link up with a deepening southern stream feature moving by to our south and east fast enough to realize any significant weather across northern Michigan. Impacts on our area appear to be limited to gusty winds and perhaps a few snow showers late Sunday night into Monday. Northerly winds are expected to become increasingly gusty later Sunday night and especially on Monday which will bring in cooler temperatures. Highs Sunday in the unseasonably mild mid 40s to near 50 will be replaced by highs in the upper 20s to mid 30s Monday. Brisk winds will lead to wind chills only in the teens Monday. Lows Saturday night ranging from around 30 to the mid 30s with mainly the 20s expected for lows Sunday night.

LONG TERM. (Monday night through Friday) Issued at 310 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

. Seasonably Chilly then Turning Milder .

High impact weather: None is expected.

Remaining brisk into Tuesday evening with perhaps a few lake induced snow showers. Otherwise, quiet weather is expected with increasing heights for mid to late week (as we watch another system likely move by to our south). Milder air is again expected to make a return to northern Michigan as well as little to no chance of precipitation for the second half of the week. Temperatures will start out near seasonable levels Tuesday then moderate to at least a few degrees above normal for the remainder of the long term. Actually, am not expecting a major pattern change to occur until at least the second week of December and more likely toward the the middle of December.

AVIATION. (For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening) Issued at 643 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

MVFR early then improving to VFR.

A weak cold front is contributing to a small area of -SHRA/-SHSN moving into nw lower MI this evening (PLN presently, perhaps later on at TVC/APN). This is expected to diminish as it moves across the area. Drier air will eventually work in behind the front, with cigs improving and clouds decreasing overnight and Saturday.

Lightish west winds tonight, will back sw and become gustier on Saturday.

MARINE. Issued at 310 PM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

Increasingly gusty southwest winds expected later tonight into Saturday, resulting in small craft advisory conditions on several of our nearshore waters. Southwest winds are expected to slowly decrease in speed heading through Saturday night.

APX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. MI . NONE. LH . SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 4 AM to 5 PM EST Saturday for LHZ345>347. LM . SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 4 AM to 5 PM EST Saturday for LMZ323- 341-342-344>346. LS . NONE.

UPDATE . JZ NEAR TERM . mb SHORT TERM . AS LONG TERM . AS AVIATION . JZ MARINE . mb


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
LPNM4 - Alpena, MI - 9075065 1 mi49 min NNW 4.1 G 6 36°F 1013.9 hPa29°F
APNM4 - Alpena Harbor Light, MI 1 mi27 min NW 5.1 G 7 36°F
TBIM4 13 mi97 min 8.9 G 12 38°F
45003 - N HURON 37NM Northeast of Alpena, MI 37 mi37 min WNW 16 G 19 38°F 45°F1014.1 hPa (-0.8)33°F

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Airport Reports
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Alpena, Alpena County Regional Airport, MI7 mi43 minN 010.00 miOvercast36°F28°F76%1015.4 hPa

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