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Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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The National Weather Service in Hanford provides the following forecast for the Tehachapi area: This afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 66. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 43. East wind 5 to 10 m ... more

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November, 2011 | Mark and Walt in the Morning - Marquette County\'s Very Own Source for News, Sports, Weather, Interviews, and more. - Part 2

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Matt Zika, NWS - WKQS FM - (906) 228-6800

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Matt Zika, NWS.
MARQUETTE, MI - (Great Lakes Radio News)- A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, commonly known as EAS, is scheduled for tomorrow, November 9th, 2011, at 2-pm eastern time. This is the first time that this system will be tested on a cross-country level.
The EAS is used by local authorities in times of emergency to warn citizens about an impending situation. Most of the time that you would hear an EAS announcement in our area it has to do with severe weather.
On that note, Matt Zika, from the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss this test and how EAS works both nationally and on a local level.
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To listen to the interview with Matt about the EAS and NOAA weather radio, please click the link below:


Matt Zika, warning coordination ...

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Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in Negaunee Township, "or the big golf ball on the hill" as he called it, gave a storm spotter session April 27 at the Peter White Public Library.

Zika said the goal is to give storm spotter presentations across the Upper Peninsula every spring.
After all, he acknowledged the NWS can't do it all.
"We have great tools in the office with Doppler radar and our high-resolution satellites and things like that," Zika said, "but until we get first-hand reports of what's happening on the ground, underneath the storm clouds, we don't know for sure."
That's why the NWS, he said, relies on receiving weather reports when the weather is active across upper Michigan. Meteorologists then combine those reports with what is being seen on radar, allowing them to issue better weather warnings across the U.P.
"People are much more apt to respond to weather warnings if they hear storms have already done some sort of damage somewhere," Zika said, "and as a result, we can combine that information and include it in the weather warnings, and we assume that people are going to take that information more seriously and seek shelter when we want them to seek shelter."
The concept is similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concept of "If You See Something, Say Something," he said.
It doesn't even have to be a thunderstorm or a tornado.
"If it's something very unusual that you haven't seen before, take a picture of it and send it to the weather service," Zika said, "and then we can at least provide explanations, or it might actually help us make some decisions with the overall forecast that's going on currently."
He acknowledged the weather in upper Michigan over the last year or two has been pretty quiet. However, that's not always the case, and when severe weather happens, the NWS wants to hear from people.
The NWS, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, over the past several years has undergone an initiative, Weather-Ready Nation.
The concept, Zika said, is simple: making sure the entire United States is ready and prepared for weather. That involves the NWS sending out weather warning informations used by emergency officials to make sure communities are prepared, with residents hopefully responding appropriately.
If everyone does their part, injuries, fatalities and weather-related damage can be minimized, he said.
Storm spotters can fill in some gaps, Zika said, particularly in the winter when meteorologists are trying to figure out where it's snowing and where it's not.
In the summer, first-hand reports of things like thunderstorms and high winds come in handy, he said.
The NWS can take the information it receives in real time from the weather spotters, such as trees falling down in a yard and hail the size of quarters or half-dollars, he said, and correlate it with radar information to determine storm strength and then issue better better warnings.
Social media, of course, plays a big role in people getting their reports to the NWS.
"Nowadays, with Facebook, Twitter and things like that, it can be 3 o'clock in the morning," Zika said. "There could be a storm moving through Seney or Covington or something like that, and we want to know what's happening, so we'll put a blurb out through our social media channels and say, 'Anybody around Seney or Covingon, can you let us know what's happening?'
"And then instantly, people are letting us know."
People can send their weather reports to the NWS through several methods, Zika said. They include: telephone, 1-800-828-8002; online at weather.gov/mqt; via Facebook, NWS Marquette; on mPING app; via Twitter, @NWSMarquette; and by ham radio, WX8MQT.
At the storm spotter presentation, Zika explained basic meteorology and local weather trends. He also showed photographs and dramatic videos of inclement weather.
Those pictures included stunning photos of unusual cloud formations and the Oct. 15, 2015 waterspout on Lake Superior. He even showed a 2014 radar image from La Crosse, Wisconsin, which resembled a storm but really was a large mayfly hatch.


Matt Zika, a meteorologist ...

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Matt Zika, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Marquette office, said early signs of these weather conditions can already be seen in the U.P. Temperatures in the area have been at or near the mid-80s over the first few days of September, a value which is considerably higher than the norm.

"Typically, our temperatures should be about 70 degrees at this time around here," he said.
By mid-September, however, he noted this warm weather pattern could begin to fade. As a result, the NWS' Marquette office believes October's temperatures should be about normal for the month, if not slightly cooler.
It is more difficult for the NWS to predict specific weather patterns beyond November, Zika said.
"That month can go either way," he said.
However, they do believe El Nino will have a major impact on the 2015-16 winter.
"It's more likely that this winter will be above normal, temperature-wise," Zika said.


Matt Zika, a meteorologist ...

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Matt Zika, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Marquette office, said early signs of these weather conditions can already be seen in the U.P. Temperatures in the area have been at or near the mid-80s over the first few days of September, a value which is considerably higher than the norm.

"Typically, our temperatures should be about 70 degrees at this time around here," he said.
These conditions should last throughout the extended weekend, as well.
"The warm pattern is going to continue through Labor Day, at least," Zika said.
By mid-September, however, he noted this warm weather pattern could begin to fade.
As a result, the NWS' Marquette office believes October's temperatures should be about normal for the month, if not slightly cooler.
It is more difficult for the NWS to predict specific weather patterns beyond November, Zika said.
"That month can go either way," he said.
However, they do believe El Nio will have a major impact on the 2015-16 winter.
"It's more likely that this winter will be above normal, temperature-wise," Zika said.
Precipitation levels throughout the fall and winter may be lower than average as a direct result of the weather phenomenon.
"The overall pattern is one favoring it to be a little drier than normal," Zika said.
Despite this, some snowfall may arrive as soon as October 2015, especially after that month's halfway point.
"That's typically around when we see our first snowflakes," Zika said.


Matt Zika, a meteorologist ...

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Matt Zika, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Marquette office, said people are right in suspecting that this year's June has been cooler than the long-term average. However, this does not mean that temperatures have been low enough to break records for the month.

"It's a little bit cooler, but not outrageously (so)," Zika said.
As of June 29, the National Weather Service reported that June's average temperature in the Upper Peninsula has been 58.1 degrees this year - 2.2 degrees below the month's long-term average. Zika said the difference can be primarily attributed to persistent weather patterns encouraging the influx of Canadian air masses, which have continued to chill the peninsula.
Now that July is approaching, Zika said it is likely that warm air masses will form over the central U.S. Some of this may impact weather in the U.P.
"There's signs... for some warmer days ahead," Zika said.
As the U.P. is located in a "transition zone" between this warmer air in the central United States and cooler air in Canada, however, it is unlikely that the area will have hot weather for weeks on end as has been the case in the western areas of the country.
"We'll have some cooler days in there," Zika said.

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