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|Sunrise 5:54AM||Sunset 8:34PM||Thursday August 6, 2020 7:07 PM CDT (00:07 UTC)||Moonrise 9:15PM||Moonset 7:41AM||Illumination 91%|
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Area Discussion for - Marquette, MI  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Marquette MI 733 PM EDT Thu Aug 6 2020
SHORT TERM. (This evening through Friday) Issued at 329 PM EDT THU AUG 6 2020
The large scale pattern consists of ridging over most of the central US and weak troughing over the Great Lakes. Further downstream, a negatively tilted closed upper low remains over Quebec and Nova Scotia. Over our area, weak northwesterly mid-level flow persists. Water vapor satellite shows a short wave embedded in the flow dropping slowly southeastward over the eastern half of Lake Superior. SPC Mesoanalysis shows only weak dCVA out ahead of it. However, combined with lake breeze convergence and SBCAPE analyzed around 500- 1000 J/kg over the eastern UP, it may be enough for a few scattered showers, mainly along and east of the Seney Stretch. Satellite shows cumulus continuing to fester over the eastern UP and radar finally shows a few light echoes near the Chippewa/Mackinac County line and another weak shower in central Schoolcraft County. Kind of a tough call as to whether any of these showers will produce thunder, as there remains a cap around 700-600 mb (and any hail growth would of course be above that) but depending on the degree of low-level mixing, a parcel could just barely slip past it and accelerate to the tropopause. Either way we're not looking at anything strong or long-lived, but there could be a rumble or two of thunder with these showers. In keeping with the previous few forecast cycles, have capped thunder at slight chance.
Tonight and tomorrow look like more or less a continuation of what we've seen the past few days. Diurnal cu will clear out this evening leading to a clear night, although there will be enough of pressure gradient to keep winds from going calm. Some cu will probably return late morning/early afternoon tomorrow, though with mid-level heights rising, expect it to be more suppressed than today. Models have 850 mb temps just about 1 C warmer tomorrow, so highs will likely be about 1-2 F warmer than today. As low pressure develops over the High Plains, and in conjunction with surface ridging over the Lower Great Lakes, the pressure gradient will be a little stronger tomorrow resulting in breezier south winds that could gust up to 20 mph in the afternoon. A band of low- to mid-level theta-e advection lifting northward through the western UP could provide enough lift for an isolated shower or storm over the far west tomorrow afternoon, although CAMs are pretty unenthusiastic about the potential so kept POPs dry though the end of the day.
LONG TERM. (Friday night through Thursday) Issued at 338 PM EDT THU AUG 6 2020
The combination of above normal temperatures and rising dewpoints will make for a return of uncomfortable conditions through Monday. There will be chances of showers and thunderstorms Saturday through Monday with a few shortwaves passing through Upper Michigan with maybe a dry day Sunday in between shortwaves. A cold front will move across the area sometime Monday, providing some relief as in humidity and dewpoints will drop a bit. Behind the front conditions look mostly dry through the middle of next week.
Temperatures Friday night will be more mild with lows in the 60s and mid to upper 60s along Lake Superior. Did end up bumping temperatures down a couple degrees Saturday with incoming shortwave which should increase cloud cover. Looking at highs mainly in the upper 70s with some low 80s closer to Lake Superior. Warmest day of the forecast period still looks to be Sunday with mostly 80s across the UP. Sfc dew points could very well be in the mid to upper 60s and close to 70 in some spots, making it feel more uncomfortable and unsettled. These above average temperatures will continue into early next week with some signs of temperatures moderating a bit back into the 70s Tuesday and Wednesday in lieu of the passage of the cold front, resulting in a bit more comfortable dewpoints and humidity levels. Besides cold front late Sunday into Monday, temperatures will remain above normal for this time of year.
A shortwave from Minnesota will move approach the UP late Friday night into Saturday morning and latest runs show an organized cluster of storms evolving upstream and moving into the western parts of the fcst area by early Saturday morning. There is still some considerable spread in the guidance as would be expected with this convection as this will be aided by modest low-level jet of around 25kt. The NAM has been the most aggressive with showing a MCV moving across northern Lake Superior. GFS is slowly hinting at this scenario. We'll see how the models handle this tonight and will continue to monitor. With that shortwave passing Saturday, the cold front will move through late Sunday into Monday, bringing another chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunday is trending a bit drier with newest runs but will keep slight chances in for now. Keeping chances of showers and thunderstorms through late Monday night however, some models are hinting at a shortwave Tuesday night into Wednesday. Too early to tell if anything will come from that so will remain dry Wednesday.
AVIATION. (For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Friday evening) Issued at 732 PM EDT THU AUG 6 2020
Mainly VFR conditions are expected through the forecast period. Scattered cumulus will decrease after sunset with light winds. Clouds should redevelop tomorrow late morning into the afternoon. With increasing low level moisture IWD could see periods of BKN getting down near MVFR but not enough confidence to put MVFR in the TAF. Southerly winds will increase mid morning with a few gusts approaching 20 knots at IWD and SAW.
MARINE. (For the 4 PM Lake Superior forecast issuance) Issued at 329 PM EDT THU AUG 6 2020
With high pressure persisting over the Lower Great Lakes through Friday, winds on the lake will be generally 15 kts or less through Friday afternoon. However by late afternoon tomorrow they begin to increase to around 15-20 kts. Southerly winds will remain around 15- 20 kts through Friday night before falling back below 20 kts through the rest of the fcst period. The caveat though is that there is a slight chance that a decaying thunderstorm complex will race across the lake Friday night leading to stronger winds than are currently forecast. Given that this is a low chance of occurrence, did not put stronger winds into the forecast, but this will be something to watch. Additional thunderstorms are expected across the lake through the weekend and again on Tuesday next week, with some stronger winds associated with thunderstorms possible.
MQT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. Upper Michigan . None. Lake Superior . None. Lake Michigan . None.
SHORT TERM . RJC LONG TERM . JH AVIATION . NL MARINE . RJC
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|SXHW3 - Saxon Harbor, WI||31 mi||28 min||SSW 4.1 G 8.9||76°F||1016.6 hPa|
|45006 - W SUPERIOR 48NM North of Ironwood, MI||35 mi||28 min||Calm G 3.9||70°F||59°F||1016.9 hPa||65°F|
|OTNM4 - Ontonagon, MI||36 mi||68 min||NNE 1.9 G 4.1||75°F||1016.9 hPa|
|DISW3 - Devils Island, WI||41 mi||68 min||ENE 2.9 G 4.1||72°F||1017 hPa (-0.5)||60°F|
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|Ironwood, Gogebic-Iron County Airport, MI||23 mi||72 min||SW 6||10.00 mi||Overcast||74°F||57°F||57%||1018.3 hPa|
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Wind History from IWD (wind in knots)
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