Scientific Forecaster Discussion
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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Gaylord Michigan
830 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
issued at 830 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
..increasing damaging wind threat into NW lower Michigan early
OK, so about those convective trends. Mesoscale convective system continues to take shape
over northern WI, and some of the cams are getting a better sense
as to what is taking shape. Those cams bring organized (though
diminishing) storms into NW lower Michigan (gd trav Bay region and
points south) after midnight. It is still likely that the bulk of
the cams solutions diminish the mesoscale convective system too quickly. Yes, crossing
Lake Michigan and running out of daylight will take a toll on the mesoscale convective system.
But the mesoscale convective system should maintain enough internal forcing, and still
have enough instability ahead of it, to remain potent into NW
lower Michigan. As we get deeper into the night, that weakening trend
should start to play out as storms cross lower Michigan.
It would appear that the severe threat is considerably higher in the
SW half of the forecast area (say, south of a cvx-Harrisville
line) than to the NE. That is where the instability gradient lies,
and the developing low level jet does not have much time to displace
considerable instability too far northward. Some multicellular
activity is progged overnight over Superior, perhaps grazing
eastern Upper Michigan. This activity will be far less intense,
occurring in a relatively low instability environment.
But there is a considerable threat for wind damage in NW lower Michigan
(gd trav Bay/Leelanau region down to mbl/cad) in the early
Update issued at 734 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
Some housekeeping will be required to ongoing heat headlines
shortly. Downstate offices already have advisories up thru
Saturday. That does not appear necessary for most of northern mi,
as somewhat cooler/less humid air starts to bleed in on Saturday.
However, heat indices are still quite high in the se, where that
trend will take the longest to play out.
It is my current intention to extend the heat advisory into
Saturday in Ogemaw/Iosco/Gladwin/Arenac cos, and expire it
More on convective trends tonight a little later.
Near term...(through tonight)
issued at 315 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
High impact weather potential: an isolated strong-severe storm
possible this afternoon. More widespread severe storms possible late
this evening and overnight across parts of northern Michigan.
Dangerous heat indices continue this afternoon.
Pattern synopsis/forecast: initial early morning west-east oriented
convective corridor that impacted locations generally along and
south of M-72 left an impressive 1.0-3.5 inches of new rainfall for
some, just over the course of 1-1.5 hours. This leaves a quasi-
stationary warm frontal boundary draped across the tip of the mitt
extending westward through central WI into southern Minnesota that will
become the focus for additional thunderstorm development later this
afternoon through tonight.
Several areas of focus are anticipated this afternoon through
tonight locally, initially on increasing heat/humidity and resultant
instability this afternoon - perhaps allowing for an additional
isolated shower/storm to kick off, primarily in lake breeze
convergence zones, although subtle support aloft may also help to
provide initiation. Attention then transitions upstream across
central Minnesota and northwest WI early this evening where convection is
expected to continue to Blossom in an extremely unstable environment
(mlcape as high as 5-6,000 j/kg)...before propagating eastward
across northern WI and Upper Michigan before potentially impacting parts
of the forecast area late this evening and overnight.
Primary forecast concerns/challenges: isolated storm this afternoon?
Upstream convective evolution later this evening into the overnight
A hot and humid airmass continues across northern Michigan today
with heat indices this afternoon in the upper 90s and low 100s
common across much of northern lower...slightly cooler north of the
bridge. No planned changes to the ongoing heat advisory for much of
northern lower Michigan. This heat/humidity will continue to propel
increasing instability across the Great Lakes region, evident by
apx's 18z raob that observed upwards of 500 j/kg of MLCAPE / 2,700
j/kg MUCAPE. A few showers have popped up over the last hour or so
over southeastern counties and suppose the chance of an isolated
shower/storm will continue this afternoon, primarily in lake breeze
convergence zones strong enough to overcome moderate capping, but
really think this threat is more the exception rather than the rule.
Given bulk shear values sampled around 30 kts this afternoon, will
have to watch any cells for potentially stronger updrafts leading to
damaging wind gusts large hail. If any showers/storms do develop,
they're expected to diminish with time through the evening hours.
Attention then transitions to central Minnesota/central WI later this
afternoon as ongoing convection across western Minnesota is expected to
continue to develop in the vicinity of the aforementioned warm front
with extreme instability as high as 6,000 j/kg of MLCAPE. Expecting
this initial discrete convection to manifest into a forward
propagating mesoscale convective system across northern WI by early-mid evening with
expected cold pool formation leading to a potentially strong
convective line. This feature is expected to continue its eastward
progression toward northern Michigan late this evening into the
overnight hours. The primary window for severe weather will be
between 10 PM - 5 am, and while it's tough to pinpoint precisely
where storms will track, the primary threat locations include
eastern upper, the tip of the mitt and northwest lower. While all
hazards are possible with this convective line, bowing segments with
damaging winds will by far be the primary threat as wind gusts may
exceed 60-70 mph given the strength of vertical shear profiles. An
isolated qlcs tornado can't be ruled out as well, and of course
heavy rain given such a moisture-rich atmosphere with pws progged
above above 2.00 inches. This all fits well with spcs slight to
enhanced risk across northern Michigan with the highest severe
probabilities across eastern upper and northwest lower Michigan.
Given all of the above, still do have some concerns about convective
evolution overnight and do not feel as if severe weather is a slam
dunk at this point...as the majority of hi-res cams do show a
weakening/diminishing trend to the convective line as it approaches
and crosses Northern Lake Michigan overnight. While this is
certainly in the envelope of possibilities, current thinking is the
degree of instability still in tact beyond sunset (and actually
increasing) along with an already-developed and potentially mature
mesoscale convective system should overcome limiting factors. Many deterministic/ensemble
members suggest mesoscale convective system maintenance probabilities at over 90-95%
overnight, as well.
Low temperatures tonight remain warm and muggy, generally in the low-
mid 70s for most with dew points not far behind in the upper 60s/low
Short term...(saturday through monday)
issued at 315 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
..unsettled and warm/humid for one more day...
High impact weather potential: very warm/humid conditions
anticipated again Saturday for parts of the forecast area.
Marginal risk for severe storms again Saturday.
Pattern synopsis/forecast: semi-permanent large scale upper level
ridging remains across the southern Continental U.S. With a belt of strong
westerly flow across the northern tier of states/southern Canada and
the northern Great Lakes. Surface low pressure is over southern
Hudson Bay with a wavy boundary stretching back through southern
Canada...the leading edge of substantially cooler/drier air slated
to reach US later this weekend. Although muddied by recent
convection, secondary moisture boundary stretches from Minnesota
across Wisconsin into northern lower Michigan and has remained the
focus for shower/thunderstorm development over the last day or so.
Northern Michigan will remain entrenched within this warm and muggy
airmass for one more day or so until aforementioned cold front
finally presses southward through the state late Saturday into
Sunday. Until then, still looking at a few more rounds of
showers/thunderstorms to impact the forecast area.
Primary forecast concerns/challenges: convective evolution over the
next one to two days and risk for severe storms.
We are basically in "wait-and-see" Mode to see how convection
evolves over the 12 hours or so, which of course will determine how
tomorrow GOES. Current thoughts...our next main round of storms
(barring any significant afternoon/evening development) comes later
tonight into Saturday morning, developing upstream and coming over
the top through the u.P. And down into lower Michigan through early
Saturday morning. Thus, I plan to start the morning with higher
shower/thunderstorm chances, followed by diminishing chances as we
go through the morning.
Behind that, another lull anticipated by later in the morning and
into the afternoon. In fact, behind the overnight convection, latest
guidance solutions suppress our leading moisture/thermal boundary
and axis of substantial heat/moisture/instability southward into
central and Southern Lower Michigan, which might translate into a
little cooler temperatures and lower heat indices for at least the
northern portion of the forecast area. But it remains toasty and
humid across the southern/southeast part of the forecast area however and
there may be a need for another heat advisory for that area.
But again, i'll let the overnight crew make that call.
By later in the afternoon and into the evening, one more round of
showers and storms may develop in proximity to the moisture/
instability boundary and run across central and Southern Lower
Michigan into the evening, with the highest threat for areas south
of M-72. Storm Prediction Center day 2 outlook outlines the main threat for marginal
severe storms to areas south of M-32 essentially along and south of
that instability axis, with a slight risk down through central lower
Meanwhile, stronger cold front drops down out of Canada and down
through northern Michigan Saturday night into Sunday and further
suppresses heat/instability into the lower lakes. This should pretty
much end our strong thunderstorm threat as well as bring relief from
the heat and humidity heading into Sunday.
Severe weather potential: of course our primary severe storm threat
comes tonight into Saturday morning with whatever organized
convection develops upstream. Sitting on the edge of strong westerly
flow aloft and within a moisture/instability very rich environment,
any storms into Saturday morning will have the potential to be
severe, not to mention to produce some heavy rainfall amounts with
precipitable water values north of 1.5 inches. Northern Michigan remains outlined
in a slight to enhanced risk for severe storms...somewhat rare for
US these days...with the primary threats damaging winds, heavy rain
and even an isolated tornado threat. We also remain outlooked by wpc
for heavy rainfall through Saturday night.
Long term...(monday night through friday)
issued at 315 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
High impact weather potential: none at this time.
As discussed prior, pattern shift is still anticipated for the long
term as large scale upper level ridging now in place through the
southern Continental U.S. Retrogrades and builds back into the western
states...while downstream flow buckles across the Great Lakes into
New England. This signals the end of our warm/humid stretch starting
with a cold frontal passage later Saturday into Sunday and
temperatures getting knocked back down into 70s for at least the
first half of the work week. But more importantly, surface dewpoints
will get knocked down to much more comfortable readings through the
week. Temperatures do look to rebound back into the 80s for the
latter half of the week but more Akin to "normal" readings for mid-
Sensible weather-wise, still not anticipating much, with a large
expanse of high pressure building and settling into the region for
much of the week. Blended guidance continues to hint at some diurnal
"pop-up" type showers at times throughout the week, especially later
in the week as we start to see some moisture/higher dewpoint air
Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Saturday evening)
issued at 734 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
Round of storms, perhaps strong/svr, heading toward tvc/mbl after
Cluster of severe T-storms continues to develop in NW WI and
surrounding areas. This activity is likely to develop ESE-Ward. A
slight/gradual diminishing trend should begin as it crosses Lake
Michigan and eventually northern lower, but storms are still expected to
pack a punch as they move into NW lower Michigan. Strong/svr wind gusts
are possible, mainly at mbl/tvc, in the 04z-09z window. A period
of MVFR cigs is possible behind this activity, into part of
Saturday. Otherwise mostly VFR,
Light SW to W winds, veering NW Saturday.
issued at 315 PM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019
A very warm and humid airmass will continue across the Great Lakes
region into Saturday, bringing occasional chances for showers and
storms. There remains a chance for severe storms, primarily tonight
as thunderstorms are expected to develop across northern WI before
shifting eastward toward northern Michigan. A cold front sags toward
the region during the day Saturday, which may result in gusts
approaching advisory level, but think the gradient remains loose
enough to prevent any advisories at this time, especially given
Michigan...heat advisory until 9 PM EDT this evening for miz020>034.
Heat advisory until 6 PM EDT Saturday for miz035-036-041-042.
Lm...heat advisory until 9 PM EDT this evening for lmz346.