Sequester National Weather Service

The outlook for what impact federal spending cuts might have on the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service remains cloudy, but at the national level officials are issuing warnings for employee furloughs, unfilled positions and potentially diminished forecast quality.

The National Weather Service, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce umbrella, employs roughly 25 people at its Grand Junction office at 2844 Aviators Way.

A U.S. Department of Commerce spokesman said the sequester will result in the furlough of up to 2,600 NOAA employees, leaving unfilled about 2,700 positions and cutting the number of NOAA contractors by roughly 1,400.

Commerce officials say NOAA will reduce maintenance and operations of the national radar network and a system used to process and monitor weather data. That could lead to longer service outages or less data available for forecasters.

Calls to the local weather service office were referred to the Department of Commerce.


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