National Weather Service plans furloughs

Apr 30, 2013 -- 9:30am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A spokesman for the union representing 200 National Weather Service employees in Alaska says they could face furloughs this summer. Jim Brader, a Fairbanks meteorologist, says some offices already are understaffed because of a hiring freeze. Brader says 30 percent of the forecasting positions in the Fairbanks office are vacant. He says in an a press release that the furloughs are planned to save money for the federal government but that the public could see less reliable weather information as a result. Brader says furloughs could affect aviation and marine forecasts and flood warnings. Preliminary dates selected for furloughs are in July and August

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