Civil Air Patrol

National Weather Service Office plays critical role for Civil Air Patrol

Photographer - Capt. Jim Szajkovics: Marcia Cronce, general forecaster, shares with members of 10th Senior Support Squadron how the weather forecasts are determined.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Members of Civil Air Patrol’s 10th Senior Support Squadron and their guests visited the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Sullivan Township in Jefferson County, Wis. on Monday.  Ms. Marcia Cronce, general forecaster, shared the importance of weather and how it affects aviation.

Members toured the facility and learned how weather and aviation forecasts are created.  Cronce also explained the various forecasting tools used in predicting the weather.  She also shared helpful websites with the group.

Understanding weather, and knowing how to interpret the information given by the National Weather Service, is important to this unit.  The members consist mostly of aviation pilots, mission scanners and observers who fly one of the Wisconsin Wing’s 13 Cessna planes.  When not flying for an actual mission, members are often practicing and perfecting their skills.

Ms. Cronce will be holding a special session for those interested in weather at the Wisconsin Wing Conference on April 28 at the Marriot Hotel and Suite in Waukesha, Wis.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Sullivan performs routine forecasts and has short-fused severe weather WARNING responsibilities for southeast and south-central Wisconsin.

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