National Weather Service hosting open house

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP — The National Weather Service has an opportunity for those wishing to get an inside look at their daily operation.

They will be hosting an open house at their facility in Negaunee Township Saturday. Attendees will get a chance to see how the meteorologists attempt to predict the U.P.’s sometimes odd weather patterns. NWS meteorologist Matt Zika said it’s all about connecting with the people who count on them for accurate forecasts.

“We’re here to serve them with our weather warnings and watches and our forecasts, and it’s the opportunity for them to come out and really learn a lot about the weather, and how we interact with some of our users outside of the folks that we have right within our office,” Zika said.

Tours will be provided throughout the day, and there will be presentations and fun outdoor activities for kids. Representatives from the University of Wisconsin will also be on hand as they’re working on a couple of research projects with the NWS.

“They’ll have some of their cool equipment here that helps us do some of our research with regards to snowfall and things like that in the wintertime,” Zika said.

The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.