MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) –
Today is the 27th day of the partial government shutdown.
Thousands of workers in Alabama are being affected by either being furloughed or just not being paid for their work.
One agency that is being impacted by the shutdown is NOAA and more specifically, the National Weather Service. Locally, that means our partners and collegues at the National Weather Service office here in Mobile are being impacted.
Local NWS offices are one of the few agencies that are still fully staffed.
They continue to make forecasts, can still issue warnings if warranted, and if a storm were to come through; they would be able to survey the damage. These are just a few of the many things the NWS does on a regular basis.
With the chance for thunderstorms and freezing weather in the next few days they will be here to give updates, forecasts, and information like usual.
However, while they continue to work and serve the community they are not getting a paycheck.
The reason they continue to run like normal is because these offices are critical to help protect life and property.
There are over one hundred local weather service offices across the Country. In Alabama there are 3 with the other two being in Huntsville and Birmigham.
So, the takeaway is that on a day to day basis our local NWS office will run like normal, however, it comes at a price to those who make it run.
— Meteorologist Thomas Geboy