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There was a presentation tonight in Marquette with the hopes of recruiting more storm spotters.

The National Weather Service has good technology but they need help to know what’s happening on the ground.

People shouldn’t chase storms. However, weather watchers can take note of things like hail size, snow accumulation and tree damage as long as it’s safe.

Recent flooding in parts of the U.P. is one example of how storm spotters have made a difference.

Matt Zika with the National Weather Service says, “With the runoff and especially in some of the rural areas we know there’s been some water issues water over the roadways. But until we’ve been receiving those reports and pictures via social media and phone calls from folks on the west end of the U.P. to up in the Keweenaw to let us know what roads have the water on them we can’t disseminate that information for everybody to know.

You can contact the National Weather Service or reach out to them on social media with weather information you document.

They really need people in rural areas of the Upper Peninsula.

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