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NWS’ Zika shows the public how to get involved in the season


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Houghton – Despite advances in technology, it’s important to get weather reports from people on the ground.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Zika in Negounia spoke to about 20 people interested in providing weather updates during a talk Tuesday in Houghton.

At the local level, radar reports may be incomplete because “Kivenow Shadow.” The radar beam is to be aimed at Mount Huron, northwest of the Negouni office. As a result, it will overshadow the icy cloud tops.

A storm that accumulates 2 or 3 inches of snow per hour may not be visible on radar. That’s where observers come in.

“We take that information, we compare it to what we’re seeing on the radar, we include the report in any of our frequent weather warnings, and people are more apt to respond to weather warnings when they Hear that something is already happening. Thunderstorm,” They said.

When providing weather reports, the most important information is what, when and where – for example, quarter-sized hail at 8:25 p.m. in Houghton.

“A lot of times we’ll get in real time, people take pictures of the hail falling on their decks, and they’re giving a spot of where they are,” Zika said. “There’s nothing more valuable than actually seeing what he’s really experiencing.”

Zika said that as the climate warms, more extreme weather events are becoming more common. The Upper Peninsula is becoming warmer and wetter. Zika said nine of the 12 warmest years recorded at the station since 1960 have been since 2000.

This does not apply to all months across the board. Zika said that 19 of the last 20 September have had above-normal temperatures. In the same period, the temperature of April or May has been 15 times below normal.

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“I think we can all remember the last 10 or 15 years here, some crazy April snows and some lousy months of April temperatures,” Zika said.

Zika said not much snow had accumulated this April, but 15 out of 30 days had moderate snowfall.

The growing season, as measured by the distance between the last spring frost and the first fall frost, is also getting longer.

Rainfall has resumed from the drought conditions seen in the early 2000s. From 2000 to 2011, the office saw a combined rainfall deficit of about 14 to 15 inches. Over the past decade, it has accumulated 52 inches more than the normal amount.

Although not usually at the level of Father’s Day floods, intense rainfall events are becoming more common in the summer.

“It’s not just a local trend occurring in the Upper Peninsula or the Upper Great Lakes,” Zika said. “It’s across the country. So we have more examples of these thunderstorms that occur during the summer that are producing rain events of 2 to 5 inches over a period of two to three hours, which then creates some problems.” are.

In a recent example in Marquette County, 4 inches of rain in the span of an hour caused a washout on County Road 510 between Negouni and Big Bay.

For nearly 10 years, the NWS has sent out wireless emergency alerts in case of severe weather events. Until two years ago, only tornado or flash flood warnings generated an automatic notification. Since then, they have also added a higher level category for severe thunderstorms with winds of 80 mph and/or baseball-sized hail.

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Marginal flash flooding does not generate automatic alerts. This is reserved for situations where the NWS is estimated “considerable or catastrophic damage” As seen in Houghton in 2018, Zika said.

With winter finally at its end (assuming this isn’t strange), Zika also presented snowfall totals for the region. The Delaware measuring station recorded the highest in Uttar Pradesh at 326.6 inches, followed by Pensdale at 282.6 and Hancock-Quincy at 193.4. The NWS office in Negounia recorded 204.7 inches, while downtown Marquette received only 106.

They measure every six hours, cleaning their snowboards after each measurement. Zika said many weather observers are getting readings once a day, during which time the snow accumulates.

Even weather professionals can be stunned by the strong wind.

“In those cases, we’re walking around in the parking lot trying to figure out when the last time the plow came and some areas that would probably give us a representative measurement of what happened,” Zika said.

Reports can be submitted to the National Weather Service in several different ways:

By phone 1-800-828-802

Web at Weather.gov/mqt . Feather

NWSMarquette on Facebook

using the mping app

@NWSMarquette on Twitter

[email protected] . by emailing

WX8MQT from Ham Radio



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