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 NOAA'S National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office
Marquette, MI


 Station Digest - A look at the National Weather Service in Marquette and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Station History - A detailed look at the history of the National Weather Service's Weather Forecast Office Marquette.

The Staff of the Marquette National Weather Service Office

After each person is their NWS title and any special duties they perform. Click on a name to send an email to that individual.


  • Robin Turner: Meteorologist in Charge (MIC) - Overseer of the personnel, operations and office functions
  • David Beachler: Science and Operations Officer (SOO) - Overseer of staff training and research
  • Matt Zika: Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) - Public Awareness programs; spotter training and office instruction
  • Tim Akom: Electronic Systems Analyst (ESA) - Supervision of the electronics and the computer network programs; Safety Team Leader

Support Staff

  • Sue Myler: Administrative Assistant (ASA) - Handles files, forms, time keeping, bills and contracts (runs the office)
  • Gwen Akom: Information Technology Officer (ITO) - AWIPS Program Manager/Assistant Webmaster/Warngen Program team member; EEO & Diversity Team Leader
  • David Petrovich: Observations Program Leader (OPL) - Data / CO-OP operations chief / Outreach; NOAA Weather Radio
  • Adam Dempsey: Electronics Technician - Maintains equipment for the office, including the WSR-88D and remote weather observing stations

Senior Forecasters

  • Jon Banitt: Aviation Program Manager; Storm Verification
  • Greg Michels: Marine Program co-Manager; Climate Program Manager
  • Don Rolfson: Social Media Team Co-Leader; Scheduler
  • Jon Voss: Storm Verification; Fire Weather Program Team Member
  • Vacant

General Forecasters

  • Jason Alumbaugh: Marine Program co-Manager; Fire Weather Program co-Manager; Aviation; Decision Support; Radar Team Member
  • Justin Titus: Hydrology Program Manager; Decision Support Services Focal Point; Radar Program Manager; GFE/AWIPS Co-Leader; Assistant Warning Coordination Meteorologist; Assistant Science and Operations Officer; Aviation, Social Media, and GIS Team Member
  • Keith Cooley: Fire Weather Program Manager; Hydrology, Fire Weather, GFE/AWIPS, Rip Current, and Webmaster Team Member
  • Jaclyn Ritzman: Social Media Team Co-Leader; GIS-Situational Awareness Team Leader; Fire Weather GFE/AWIPS, Rip Current, and Webmaster Team Member

Associate Forecasters/HMT

  • Jim Salzwedel: Hydrometeorological Technician (HMT); CO-OP Program Assistant; Environmental Focal Point
  • Brett BorchardtRadar and Social Media Team Member
  • Keith WhiteHydrology and Social Media Team Member
  • Vacant

Student Volunteers

  • Vacant

National Weather Service Marquette
County Warning Area

The National Weather Service in Marquette provides warning and forecast service for 13 counties in west and central Upper Michigan, the adjacent nearshore waters of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, and the open waters of Lake Superior.