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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More information about NOAA Weather Radio is available on their website.  To visit, please click “HERE”.

A peek at the Great Lakes Radio parking lot earlier this morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Winter made it’s return to Marquette County and surrounding communities with a vengeance overnight.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect along the coastline until 7 o’clock tonight.

On top of that bit of fun, a Blizzard Warning has been posted for Alger County until 10 o’clock tonight!  Lake effect snow showers and winds out of the north/northwest at 40 to 50 mph!  Wahooo!

Definitely a wintry blast to get us all back on track with the season.  If you are traveling today, please do it with caution if you are driving along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Better safe than  sorry!

Here’s the latest for Marquette County from the National Weather Service:

BARAGA-MARQUETTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...L`ANSE...GWINN...MARQUETTE
MON JAN 2 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

 * EXPECT MODERATE TO HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS ALONG AND NORTH
   OF M-41.

 * NORTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WILL CAUSE WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   AND DRIFTING OF SNOW TODAY. LOCALIZED WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE
   POSSIBLY THIS MORNING...ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.

 * ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY ALONG
   AND NORTH OF M-41...WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES FARTHER INLAND FROM LAKE
   SUPERIOR.

IMPACTS...

 * TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT AT TIMES TODAY DUE TO THE HEAVY
   SNOW...AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

 * POWER OUTAGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 * A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
   SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
   SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...ALONG WITH WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   SNOW...ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

 

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

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.  He explained how the EAS is a key tool in disseminating severe weather information across our area.

He also explained how the system is a separate part of weather-related communications in the country.

To listen to the interview with Matt about the EAS and NOAA weather radio, please click the link below:

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HEY GANG!  HOW’S IT GOING OUT THERE?

As we roll on into another Marquette County week, it bears mentioning that even though it’s spring (according to the calendar), it’s still pretty dang cold out.  Yes, I know it’s still March and so on, but it would be nice if it warmed up.

Also, it’s cold out and the State of Michigan wants us to know that this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week with a focus on Spring and Summer.  Did I mention it was a whopping 10 degrees this morning?  Boy…if I could only get my hand on one of those guys who forecast the weather!  I’d show him!  But how to do it?  HMMMM…..

 

MATT ZIKA JOINS US FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

NWS METEOROLOGIST MATT ZIKA.

A regular to the program for several years, Matt Zika, Warning Co-ordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township, joined Mark and Walt to discuss Severe Weather Awareness Week.  This week is a time to get prepared for the possibility of severe weather such as tornados, strong thunderstorms and heavy rains during this spring and summer.

Matt discussed a series of ways to be ready for sudden changes in the weather such as having a NOAA-approved weather radio and more.  He also dicussed an upcoming training session for folks interested in becoming storm spotters and weather watchers for the National Weather Service.

You can listen to the interview with Matt by clicking “HERE“.  To log on to the National Weather Service website, please click “HERE.”

 

ROLLIN’, ROLLIN’, ROLLIN’!

 

Rollin’ on, man.  Rollin’ across the floor!

Rollin’ on, my friends.  Rollin’ on out the door!

Rollin’ on, man, Rollin’ On.

Rollin’ on, man.  Rollin’ On for shore!!!!

- Blind Lemony Lindala

The weather has taken a turn in the southern Upper Peninsula, and as a result, these schools are closed today:

MANISTIQUE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL IN MANISTIQUE

As for the weather, the Winter Storm Watch for our area in Marquette County has been rescinded. Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…A HEAVY WET SNOW EXPECTED FOR CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN…

.LOW PRESSURE OVER THE MID MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY WILL MOVE
NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN OHIO TONIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING
WIDESPREAD SNOW ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN TODAY. THE GREATEST SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN.

MARQUETTE COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* EXPECT SNOW TO SPREAD NORTHWARD THIS MORNING AND BE HEAVY AT
TIMES…BEFORE DIMINISHING LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TODAY…LIGHTEST
AMOUNTS NEAR BIG BAY.

IMPACTS…

* THE WET SNOW MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT AS ROADS BECOME SNOW
COVERED.

* THE WET…HEAVY SNOW WILL ALSO MAKE SHOVELING AND PLOWING
MORE DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION
WHILE DRIVING.

IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER STORM MAY BE MISSING US!

 

The weather has taken a turn in the southern Upper Peninsula, and as a result, these schools are closed today:

MANISTIQUE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL IN MANISTIQUE

 

As for the weather, the Winter Storm Watch for our area in Marquette County has been rescinded.  Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…A HEAVY WET SNOW EXPECTED FOR CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN…

.LOW PRESSURE OVER THE MID MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY WILL MOVE
NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN OHIO TONIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING
WIDESPREAD SNOW ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN TODAY. THE GREATEST SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN.

 

 

MARQUETTE COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* EXPECT SNOW TO SPREAD NORTHWARD THIS MORNING AND BE HEAVY AT
TIMES…BEFORE DIMINISHING LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TODAY…LIGHTEST
AMOUNTS NEAR BIG BAY.

IMPACTS…

* THE WET SNOW MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT AS ROADS BECOME SNOW
COVERED.

* THE WET…HEAVY SNOW WILL ALSO MAKE SHOVELING AND PLOWING
MORE DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION
WHILE DRIVING.

ONE MORE SNOWY MORNING ACROSS THE WOODED PLAIN.

Some more snow as well as blowing  winds are making travel a little difficult this morning in some areas of the central U.P., and as a result, there is one weather-related school cancellation for you:

SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR TODAY 12/8/10.

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WEATHER CLOSE TO HOME.

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township for the rest of this morning and early afternoon in Marquette County:
MARQUETTE – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE

430 AM EST WED DEC 8 2010

…LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

IMPACTS…

* TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS INTO THIS AFTERNOON…WITH SNOW COVERED
AND SLIPPERY ROADS.

* VISIBILITIES WILL ALSO BE REDUCED TO AROUND A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES
UNDER THE HEAVIER SNOW BANDS…AND IN LOCATIONS WITH BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW DUE TO GUSTY WINDS.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* MODERATE SNOW WILL FALL THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON OVER EASTERN MARQUETTE
COUNTY…MAINLY EAST OF HARVEY AND SKANDIA.

* ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AS MUCH AS 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY
IN THIS AREA THIS MORNING BEFORE THE SNOW SHOWERS DIMINISH THIS
AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL TONIGHT AND THIS MORNING WEST OF
NEGAUNEE WILL BE NO MORE THAN AROUND AN INCH.

* NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH…WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH
NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR…WILL PRODUCE SOME BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS
FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS. LAKE
EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TYPICALLY ALIGN THEMSELVES IN BANDS AND
WILL LIKELY BE INTENSE ENOUGH TO DROP SEVERAL INCHES IN
LOCALIZED AREAS. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

* FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT SNOWFALL REPORTS TO
THE NWS MARQUETTE…VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT

THE HIGH HOLY DAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER…SO WHERE’S THE TRACKING SNOW??!!

MATT ZIKA FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Matt Zika, from the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, stopped by the studio this morning to give us a bit of a breakdown about the type of weather we’re going to have this winter.  More importantly, Matt gave us his best information about what the weather will be for this Monday morning, which is opening day of the firearm deer hunting season here in Michigan.  Things do not look too bad for next few months, but as Matt told us in the interview, the weather changes very quickly here in our area and it is going to be hard to predict how the winter is going to eventually go!

To listen to Matt’s comments from his interview, please click “HERE“.  For more information about this year’s winter weather patterns and the weather in general, you can click “HERE” to log onto the National Weather Service website.


ENJOY!

-Walt

MARQUETTE COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSURE:

REPUBLIC-MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR 10/27/10

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THE COLD WIND BLOWS!!

RELAXIN' AND WAITIN'.

Hey folks!  You’ve probably noticed by now that we’re off the air this morning.  Well, we’re not the only ones!  There are over 10 stations in our market that are off the air due to the high winds and power outages caused by those conditions this morning.  It’s all part of the fun moving across the region today.  High winds, rain, possible damaging hail.  Pure fall joy!

Of course, when we can’t do the show…bad things usually end up happening to one or both of us!  So, for the time being, just like our little friend here, we’re just hangin’ out keepin’ our nuts warm ’til we’re back on the air.   Stay tuned for more!

Here’s what the National Weather Service office in Negaunee says:

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
443 AM EDT WED OCT 27 2010

...VERY STRONG WINDS TO CONTINUE TODAY...

.A VERY INTENSE AND RECORD BREAKING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM NEAR
INTERNATIONAL FALLS MINNESOTA WILL MOVE TO JUST NORTH OF LAKE
SUPERIOR BY THIS EVENING. THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF THE SYSTEM WILL
RESULT IN STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS CONTINUING OVER MUCH OF UPPER
MICHIGAN TODAY. EXPECT WINDS GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH AT TIMES. WINDS
WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH THIS EVENING...BUT WILL REMAIN STRONG ALONG
MUCH OF THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

MIZ004>007-009>012-084-085-271645-
/O.CON.KMQT.HW.W.0003.000000T0000Z-101028T0000Z/
BARAGA-MARQUETTE-ALGER-LUCE-GOGEBIC-IRON-DICKINSON-MENOMINEE-
SOUTHERN HOUGHTON-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...L`ANSE...GWINN...MARQUETTE...
GRAND MARAIS...MUNISING...NEWBERRY...IRONWOOD...IRON RIVER...
IRON MOUNTAIN...MENOMINEE...KENTON...SIDNAW...SENEY
443 AM EDT WED OCT 27 2010 /343 AM CDT WED OCT 27 2010/

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/
THIS EVENING...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/
THIS EVENING.

* EXPECT STRONG AND DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS TODAY.

* SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS WILL REACH 50 TO 60 MPH AT TIMES TODAY WITH
  SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 MPH TO 35 MPH. WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH
  THIS EVENING.

* THESE STRONG WINDS WILL DOWN TREE LIMBS...TREES AND POWER LINES.
  POWER OUTAGES ARE ALREADY OCCURRING AND MORE OUTAGES WILL OCCUR
  TODAY. TRAVEL MAY ALSO BE DIFFICULT IN OPEN AREAS...ESPECIALLY FOR
  HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY
DAMAGE.

&&

WEATHER, NOT A SPECIFIC SCIENCE, BUT VERY IMPORTANT.

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“.  To log on the the website of the National Weather Service,  please click “HERE“.


THAT’S A LOOK AT THE WEATHER!

Be sure to keep an eye on the weather as you get out and about this weekend.  We’ll be back with you all here on the internetz and on the air next week.


CHEERS!

-Walt