The Grand Rapids Weather Examiner presents the third in a series from the National Weather Service (NWS) on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan.
Governor Jennifer Granholm has declared the week of February 7th through the 13th as NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan. All Michigan residents are urged to learn more about NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards this week.
As the voice of the National Weather Service, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather forecasts and information from your local National Weather Service Office. There are five National Weather Service offices serving Michigan: Detroit/Pontiac, Grand Rapids, Gaylord, Marquette, and Northern Indiana.
The typical weather program consists of weather forecasts and conditions that repeat every 4 to 6 minutes…
-a brief weather map discussion
-a detailed local seven day forecast
-current weather conditions around the state and region
Michigan NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards stations located near the Great Lakes also broadcast a marine forecast of wind, waves, and weather which provides important information to all mariners, public and commercial. In addition, local climate weather information is provided, usually in the early morning and the evening, with data such as daily highs and lows, precipitation, and degree days.
During severe weather, or when a hazardous environmental condition exists, National Weather Service forecasters can interrupt the routine weather broadcasts and bring live special warning messages concerning the threat to life or property. Severe weather includes tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, and dangerous winter weather. Special marine warnings are also broadcast from those stations located near the Great Lakes. The forecaster can program the transmitter to send out a special code that will trigger an alert tone and activate specially equipped weather radios. The early warning that can be given over NOAA Weather Radio can be a life saver.
Look for more information statements concerning NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards every day this week from the Grand Rapids Weather Examiner.
For more information: NOAA Weather Radio 101 – All hazards awareness week in Michigan
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