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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/Webmaster/WarnGen Program Team Member; EEO/Diversity Team Member
  • Jim Salzwedel: Observations Program Leader (OPL) - Data/CO-OP Program Leader; NOAA Weather Radio Program Leader; Environmental Program Leader; Beach Hazards Team Member; Climate Team Member; Marine Program Team Member
  • Adam Dempsey: Electronics Technician - Maintains equipment for the office, including the WSR-88D and remote weather observing stations

Lead Forecasters

  • Jon Banitt: Aviation Program Leader; Storm Verification
  • Greg Michels: Climate Program Leader; Marine Program Team Member
  • Don Rolfson: Social Media Team Co-Leader; Scheduler
  • Jon Voss: Storm Verification; Fire Weather Program Team Member
  • Linda Gilbert: Forecast Operations/SOO Team Member; Fire Weather Program Team Member; Social Media Team Member

General Forecasters

  • Jason Alumbaugh: Marine Program Leader; Fire Weather Program Co-Leader; Aviation Program Team Member; Climate Team Member; Hydrology Team Member; Beach Hazards Team Member
  • Justin Titus: Radar Program Leader; Leadership Development Leader; New Employee Orientation Leader; GFE/AWIPS Program Leader; Aviation Program Team Member; Forecast Operations/SOO Team Member; Hydrology Team Member; Social Media Team Member
  • Jaclyn Ritzman: Fire Weather Program Co-Leader, IMET Trainee, Beach Hazards Team Leader, Social Media Team Co-Leader; EEO/Diversity Leader; GIS/Situational Awareness Leader; GFE/AWIPS Team Member; Storm Verification
  • Vacant

Associate Forecasters/HMT

  • Keith White: Hydrology Program Leader; New Employee Orientation Team Member; Social Media Team Member
  • Ryan ConnellySocial Media Team Member
  • Jordan Wendt: Hydrology 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.