Weather talk Monday at Bay West; Tuesday in Iron River

MARQUETTE – The National Weather Service in Marquette is conducting its annual storm spotter presentations from now through the middle of May.

Each year, meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Marquette travel across Upper Michigan giving spring weather talks.

The presentations cater to the typical weather enthusiast and allow an opportunity for residents from across the U.P. to be actively involved in reporting important weather information to the National Weather Service.

“Routine weather reports during active weather are critical to the National Weather Service’s mission, protecting life and property of U.P. residents,” said Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist.

The presentations are free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required.

This year’s National Weather Service presentation lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Some of the topics that will be covered include, the public’s role in building a Weather-Ready Nation, social media’s role in weather reporting, a recap of last year’s storms, basic radar and cloud interpretation, and weather safety and preparedness.

Presentations include:

– Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. Fornetti Hall, Bay College West, Iron Mountain

– Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Windsor Center, Room 301, Iron River.

– Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time), Joseph Heirman Center, Room 952A, Bay College, Escanaba.

– Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m., Harbor Room of Boater’s Lounge, Menominee Marina, Menominee.

– Monday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Nadeau Township Hall, 403 North U.S. 41, Carney.