Union: National Weather Service ‘on the Brink of Failure’ Due to Job Vacancies

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A National Weather Service meteorologist in Norman, Oklahoma, tracks a super cell tornado outbreak. (National Weather Service)

Reprinted from The Hill by Julia Manchester on October 27, 2017. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) is dealing with hundreds of vacant positions in the wake of a series of extreme weather events that have plagued the US.

“The National Weather Service … for the first time in its history is close to teetering on the brink of failure,” the NWS’s labor union, the NWS Employees Organization, said in a statement earlier this week.

The union went on to slam NWS leadership, saying it “has been incapable of placing their budget priorities correctly, spending money on Management conferences and blended models rather than on filling the nearly 700 vacant forecast positions.” …

The Hill 10/27

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