Government shutdown affects National Weather Service

Government shutdown affects National Weather Service
The government shutdown is affecting those who forecast our weather.

MEMPHIS, TN (KAIT/WATN) - The government shutdown is affecting those who forecast our weather as employees are working without pay.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, known as NOAA, is the parent agency of the National Weather Service.

As Memphis television station WATN reports, Deputy Administrator for NOAA, Dr. Neil Jacobs, talked about the effects that the government shutdown is having on forecasting severe weather.

“The primary effect is on the research and development side,” Dr. Jacobs said.

Workers do not work if something is not considered to be “mission critical to weather forecasting”.

“Myself included, none of us are getting a paycheck. We will get back pay once appropriations are restored but right now no one is receiving a paycheck,” Dr. Jacobs said.

Dr. Jacobs said other employees are basically on-call to come in and work if there is a major weather event.

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