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Blizzard Conditions Over the Sierra Nevada Mountains; Critical Fire Weather in the High Plains

A significant winter storm continues to impact much of the West with heavy mountain snow and widespread damaging winds, including dangerous, blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada. In the Central and Southern High Plains, an expansive area of warm, dry, and windy conditions is leading to a large area of elevated to high-end critical fire-weather conditions. Read More >

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NWS Marquette Aviation Forecast Program

    Weather forecasting for aviation is an extremely challenging and important aspect of the NWS mission. Aviation weather forecasts are used in planning and executing over 100,000 flights in the United States every day. The tremendous impact of weather conditions on takeoff and landing operations requires that forecasts always be as specific and timely as possible.

The primary duties of the aviation forecaster at NWS Marquette include:

  1. Maintaining a continuous weather watch across Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  2. Issuing regularly scheduled aviation forecasts.
  3. Amending aviation forecasts in response to anticipated changes in meteorological conditions which may impact aviation.
 

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