National Weather Service Avoids Furloughs

NOAA budget

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The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric suspended planned furloughs in the wake of severe weather that has plagued the Midwest.

Some 12,000 employees were set to see as many as 20 furlough days between July and September. The local National Weather Service in both Cleveland and Pittsburgh were supposed to take four furlough days.

Those two stations employ less than 30 people, who are responsible for weather coverage in about 60 counties.

NOAA announced to employees they won’t be seeing pay cuts for at least this year.

“It’s really good news for us to not be dealing with furlough days here during the summer,” said Cleveland NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Gary Garnett. “It’s a very busy time of year for us, a lot of severe weather in the area and it had been very difficult for us to try to maintain our forecast and warning services with a shortage of staff.”

 

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