NWS Forecast Discussion
FXUS63 KDTX 231523
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
1123 AM EDT Fri Jun 23 2017
Late morning surface analysis and radar mosaic indicated a prefrontal
trough/outflow combination exiting SE Michigan with the rest of the
heavy showers from this morning. The primary front remains diffuse
and embedded within the broad surface trough lingering over lower
Michigan. Late morning surface observations indicate dewpoint still
in the lower 60s over all of lower Michigan and even back into
southern Wisconsin about in line with the 850 mb theta-e gradient. In
addition, thinning clouds and even a clearing trend taking place over
the western Great Lakes is expected to spread eastward and produce
surface heating and some recovery of instability in the western
fringes of the surface trough/front. This points to redevelopment of
scattered to numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms through the
afternoon in SE Michigan with coverage greatest generally along and
east of a line from Bad Axe to Howell. This is good news for the Tri
Cities region where low end scattered coverage of lighter showers
will allow flooding to recede from the heavy rainfall that occurred
last night. The flood warning will remain in effect through early
afternoon considering the duration needed for flooding to diminish in
that area where up to 7 inches of rain was reported.
Issued at 607 AM EDT Fri Jun 23 2017
Widespread IFR to MVFR ceilings will start the TAF period as
moisture continues to surge northward into Michigan and as a cold
front over central Michigan gradually sinks southward. Greatest
coverage of IFR ceilings should be near Detroit-area terminals where
deeper moisture will exist to start the day. Rain and thunderstorms
extending from central Michigan back through Wisconsin will slide
through the terminals through about 15-17Z, with heavy rainfall
possibly restricting visibility to as low as 1/2SM. Showers/tstorms
will exit the area during the afternoon, with lingering moisture and
daytime heating then allowing cu field to form by late afternoon.
These lower clouds should then diminish this evening.
For DTW...Scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm will impact
the area through about 13Z, before heavier activity and a better
chance for thunderstorms arrives ahead of a cold front between 13-
16Z. IFR ceilings early this morning will rise to MVFR and then VFR
//DTW THRESHOLD PROBABILITIES...
* High for thunderstorms in the 13-16Z window.
* High confidence in ceilings aob 5kft this morning. Medium during
the late afternoon.
Issued at 357 AM EDT Fri Jun 23 2017
Deep layer moisture of tropical origin firmly entrenched across
southeast Michigan early this morning. Moistening process augmented
by the earlier strong northward expansion of high mid-level theta-e
content. This theta-e gradient providing the southern flank of a
well defined convergence axis also marked by the slow southeastward
sag of an elongated frontal boundary that now stretches from Saginaw
Bay to southern Wisconsin. Forced ascent anchored on this frontal
slope maintaining a heavy concentration of convection throughout
this corridor. Advancement of the front into a moisture laden
resident airmass should subsequently support a shift of convective
activity into southeast Michigan through the mid-late morning hours.
Instability limited by both the earlier convective overturning and
an arrival near the nocturnal minimum, so attaining greater
convective organization will be a struggle. Given precipitable
water values near 2 inches, heavy rainfall will remain the primary
Actual frontal passage will lag the exit of the deepest moisture
axis by several hours. This will leave a short window early this
afternoon for some degree of pre-frontal airmass recovery, mainly
southeast of a Howell to Port Huron line as dewpoints hover in the
upper 60s. Assuming sufficient instability emerges, renewed
development of shallow line of convection could yield a quick shot
of rain/thunder for a few locales before the front sweeps southeast.
Highs today in the vicinity of 80 degrees most locations. Turning
notably drier from northwest to southeast with the frontal passage,
as dewpoints eventually drop into the 50s all locations by this
Gradual reduction in mid level heights through the weekend period,
as broad upper troughing expands over the region. This will leave
weekend conditions defined as cooler and less humid. Steady
downward spiral of the thermal structure throughout the weekend,
with 850 mb temperatures bottoming out in the middle single digits
by Sunday. This will leave afternoon temperatures in the low-mid
70s Saturday, then potentially struggle to even reach 70F by Sunday
/Depending on cloud cover/. The arrival of a weak perturbation timed
coincident with peak heating may support isolated to scattered
coverage of showers /rumble of thunder?/ Saturday afternoon. The
corridor along and north of I-69 will be more favorably positioned to
witness some development. A stronger wave pivots across
north/central lower MI Saturday night into Sunday morning. Given the
lack of a diurnal contribution to augment any uptick in forcing,
precipitation potential appears slim during this time.
Showers and thunderstorms will continue to impact much of the area
early today ahead of a cold front. Quieter weather is then expected
late today and tonight. West to northwest flow will develop behind
the front this afternoon and evening, and persist through the
weekend as broad low pressure remains in place over the Great Lakes.
Speeds are expected to remain modest, but gusts may just top 20
knots over western Lake Erie both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Heavy rainfall that occurred from late yesterday evening through
early this morning has caused widespread flooding across Midland
county, and across a portion of Bay and Huron counties. This
flooding will be aggravated by additional rainfall through about
8AM, as an additional one to two inches of rain falls. For the
remainder of Southeast Michigan, showers and thunderstorms over
central Michigan will slide southward through the morning and early
afternoon as a cold front drops through the area. Less training of
storms is expected than what occurred over central Michigan
overnight. Rainfall may be heavy at times, however, with rainfall
exceeding one inch in some areas. Dry weather is expected late today
Lake St Clair...NONE.
Michigan waters of Lake Erie...NONE.
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