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National Weather Service

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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 with the ...

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Matt Zika with the NWS.

MARQUETTE, MI - (Great Lakes Radio News) - It is Michigan's NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Week. The 2012 campaign runs through this Saturday.
Matt Zika, from the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township joined Mark & Walt in the Morning recently to discuss NOAA Weather Radio facts.
Matt discussed topics ranging from NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards programming information, the Emergency Alert System, and where to purchase radio receivers.
To listen to the interview with Matt, please click on the audio link below:


MATT ZIKA WITH THE ...

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MATT ZIKA WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Today's show had a fun bent to it due to chatting about the weather. Well, actually, not so much what's in the forecast for the next few days, but more about how the weather is predicted. The focus of today's main interview segment was an open house at the National Weather Service that is planned for next week at the NWS offices in Negaunee Township. Matt Zika, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service joined us to talk about the open house and what is going to be going on at it. To listen to the interview with Matt, please click "HERE".


Matt Zika with the ...

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Matt Zika with the NWS.

MARQUETTE, MI - (Great Lakes Radio News) - It is Michigan's NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Week. The 2012 campaign runs through this Saturday.
Matt Zika, from the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township joined Mark & Walt in the Morning recently to discuss NOAA Weather Radio facts.
Matt discussed topics ranging from NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards programming information, the Emergency Alert System, and where to purchase radio receivers.
To listen to the interview with Matt, please click on the audio link below:

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