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National Weather Service Facing Sequestration Cuts

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Like a storm on the horizon, sequestration still looms. Another item on the chopping block is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the parent organization of the National Weather Service.

Its forecasts are used extensively by local and national media outlets, airports, and numerous other organizations across the country. NOAA had their budget slashed by 5% and already enacted hiring freezes and educational grant reductions. In addition, employees at weather service offices across the country will have furlough days during July and August, something that may impact their quality of service.

"When you're talking about services the government provides, communities across the country benefit. And when these unforeseen cuts have to happen, services can be impacted," said NOAA's Director of Communications Ciaran Clayton.

Representatives with NOAA said the furlough days can be suspended in a dangerous or significant weather event if absolutely needed. NOAA employs over 12,000 people across the country.