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Displaying AFOS PIL: AFDDTX Received: 2017-08-22 07:42 UTC

FXUS63 KDTX 220742

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
342 AM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017


Overall picture currently shows the placement of the surface low 
over the northern Great Lakes as it continues to trek eastward.  The 
cold front associated with this system was laid out across WI and 
back into IA. This front will continue to slide east and will be the 
focus for rain/storms to Southeast Michigan this morning into the 
afternoon. A line of storms over southwest Michigan at issuance time 
will continue to push east/northeast through the morning hours and 
will provide another round of storms to the area around sunrise. 
Behind this initial line, a more expansive coverage area of 
rain/storms moves in.  Area continues to be outlooked in general 
thunder for the day.  A weakening trend is currently be seen with 
the initial line of storms as they push across lower Michigan.

Working against the severe threat will be the timing of the front. 
The bulk of the activity will be during the morning/early afternoon 
hours, thus cutting into any increasing instability associated with 
diurnal heating as skies remain overcast.  Better instability will 
stay to the south and east of the state which coincides with SPC's 
outlook of general thunder over much of the CWA and the slight risk 
off to the southeast. Dynamics are still there given the front 
itself and the area will continue to see rain and thunderstorms 
during this time with the main threats being heavy rainfall and 
gusty winds in the moisture rich environment. 

Rain and isolated storms will move into portions of the CWA in the 
next couple of hours.  Current radar trend shows this line with a 
break in the rain before activity increases again just ahead of the 
front.  Main frontal passage will take place later this afternoon 
with activity pushing off towards the east by 00Z Wednesday.  CAA 
behind the front will bring in cooler and drier conditions this 
evening, bringing an end to the humidity that has been around the 
past few days.  Temperatures will be more pleasant for the remainder 
of the week as highs stay in the lower to mid 70s with lower 
dewpoints in the upper 40 to low 50 degree range.  As the gradient 
weakens and troughing pushes east towards the East Coast, high 
pressure starts building in.  This high will set up across the Great 
Lakes area bringing quiet weather conditions to the area through the 



Moderate southwest wind will continue over marine areas during the 
morning ahead of a strengthening low pressure system and cold front. 
Early morning observations over the southern Great Lakes indicate 
wind conditions holding below SCA thresholds leaving widespread 
showers and thunderstorms along and ahead of the front as the 
primary marine weather impact before the frontal passage. Saginaw 
Bay will be an area to watch for funneling of enhanced southwest 
flow that could produce gusts around 25 knots at times. 

Low pressure near the Straits during the morning will move toward 
James Bay and deepen considerably during the afternoon based on the 
latest model depictions. The stronger trend on this system now makes 
northwest gales likely over the open waters of northern Lake Huron 
beginning late afternoon through tonight and a gale warning is in 
effect during this time. Waves exceeding SCA threshold will brush 
the northern Thumb tonight where a SCA is in effect. Elsewhere, the 
wind pattern will be from the northwest enough to keep the highest 
waves offshore of the southern Lake Huron nearshore zones and 
generally in the 1 to 3 ft range on Saginaw Bay before the wind 
weakens Wednesday and then veers toward the north Thursday. As the 
wind diminishes, the incoming air mass will be cold enough to 
produce instability over the water adequate for marginal waterspout 



A low pressure system near the Straits during the morning will move 
into Canada while pulling a strong cold front through Lower Michigan 
today. Warm and humid air in place ahead of the front will fuel 
showers and thunderstorms beginning during the morning and lasting 
into early evening. Basin average rainfall totals remain projected 
in the 0.25 to 0.50 inch range today. Locally higher amounts of 1 to 
2 inches are possible where lines of storms or multiple rounds of 
thunderstorms occur which will make localized flooding possible in 
prone areas. Otherwise, flooding potential will be limited by the 
fast movement of the associated cold front which is timed to exit 
eastward by early evening.


Issued at 1215 AM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017 


Showers/storms upstream will shift into the area later tonight
through morning within broad surge of higher theta-e air in advance 
of an approaching cold front. This front will sink through the 
region during the afternoon bringing a chance of one more round of 
scattered convection later in the day. A tightening pressure gradient
and strong mixing will lead to rather gusty conditions with 25+ knot
gusts expected at times during the afternoon. Clearing skies and 
weakening winds can then be expected by evening in the wake of this 

For DTW...Best chance for storms will come late tonight through the
morning with a secondary chance along the cold front by afternoon. 
Wind gusts to 25 knots will be quite possible, generally in advance 
of front with a direction from 250-260 degrees during the mid 
afternoon peak. 


* Medium for a thunderstorm during the morning.

* Medium for ceilings aob 5000 feet.


Lake Huron...Gale Warning from 5 PM this afternoon to 5 AM EDT Wednesday for 

     Small Craft Advisory from 8 PM this evening to 5 AM EDT Wednesday 
     for LHZ441.

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



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