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Lake Effect Showers Downwind of the Great Lakes through Sunday; Wet Weather Approaches the Pacific Northwest

Cooler weather returns for the northeast through Sunday where some lake effect showers are expected downwind of the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, high pressure will provide tranquil and near seasonable weather conditions for the center of the nation. A Pacific system approaches Sunday with the increase chance for wet conditions. Read More >

Congratulations to our Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors of Excellence!

For the fifth year, NOAA and the National Weather Service are proud to recognize “Ambassadors of Excellence” -- a select number of WRN Ambassador organizations that have made significant contributions to building a Weather-Ready Nation. By serving as change agents and leaders in their communities, Ambassadors of Excellence have:

  • Inspired others to take action and become ready, responsive, and resilient
  • Created innovative ways to engage their community, their workforce, and/or their social network
  • Formed unique collaborations with NOAA and/or other ambassador organizations to achieve goals they alone could not meet
  • Embraced building “a Weather-Ready Nation for All” by addressing vulnerable populations’ needs.

Our local Weather Ready Nation Ambassador of Excellence is: 

Madeline Island Ferry Line

The Madeline Island Ferry Line has helped NWS Duluth over the past year in their support and outreach of a new marine zone covering the outer Apostle Islands in western Lake Superior. The Madeline Island Ferry transports thousands of visitors between the mainland and Madeline Island each year, running over 20 trips per day on the ferry in the busy summer season. Since the overwhelming majority of ferry passengers are not local, they were able to offer a unique perspective of how important NWS marine forecasts and warnings can be to visitors. The Madeline Island Ferry Line was instrumental in providing written support to NWS Duluth to justify adding a new marine zone in western Lake Superior, and did an excellent job helping to advertise the new zone when it became official in spring 2021. The Ferry Line also owns and operates two weather stations and a live streaming webcam which provides NWS Duluth with high quality year-round observations on Lake Superior where reliable weather observations are few and far between!


Be a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!Ambassador Weather Ready Nation

The National Weather Service office in Duluth, Minnesota is inviting all community Organizations, Agencies and Businesses to become Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors. 


Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors are leaders in their communities who serve to amplify and expand the reach of National Weather Service messages, including weather safety, seasonal weather information, climatology information, service changes, and other similar information.  The Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors program is also a collaboration between the National Weather Service and community organizations to collaborate on building community resilience to extreme weather by providing information for better decision making. 

We do not send daily weather or hazardous weather updates as part of our Weather Ready Nation Ambassador Program, instead we send information you can use and share with your partners, customers and stakeholders to help them in their extreme weather planning.  Information we distribute through this program can be used in news stories, broadcasts, and other media you produce.  

For more information on the Weather Ready Nation Ambassador Program, please visit:  or to join.


Who are the Northland's Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Who can become an ambassador? Any organization can become an ambassador, from government agencies to faith-based organizations to privately owned resorts and outfitters. Anyone who wants to help others become better prepared for dangerous weather is welcome to apply.

What does my organization get out of it? As an ambassador, we'll work with you to find how we can best work together to build a weather-ready nation. Every organization is unique, so whether you're a small library serving your local community or a large private business that caters to those who spend time outdoors, we'll share weather preparedness information with you to help us amplify our message and create resilient communities.




Important Weather Safety information you can share!