National Weather Service in St. Louis Facing Cuts
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s a new warning this morning from the National Weather Service Office in St. Louis and it doesn’t involve severe weather.
“Locally, in St. Louis, our budget was slashed by 75 percent from what it was a year ago,” Jim Sieveking with the National Weather Service Employees Organization said.
Sieveking says those deep cuts in the operating budget, with furloughs still to come beginning this summer, are due to sequestration.
Each of the ten forecasters, and other personnel, will have to take four days of unpaid leave.
“I believe the warnings will still go out but I believe there will be a reduction in how we communicate with the media,” Sieveking said.
For example, if a forecaster is on furlough when bad weather hits, law will not allow that person to be called in to help.
“If we don’t have the staff available due to furloughs, we could have a disaster on our hands,” Sieveking said.