I was tracking the progress of now Tropical Storm Karen and found this:
“Due to the Federal Government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the Federal Government shutdown.”
The spokesman’s voice mail says, “I am currently out of the office on furlough due to the shutdown of U.S. government operations.”
I can read a weather chart as well as any middle school student, so no worries? We share a meteorologist with stations out of Charleston, a busy storm center. We will rely on him to translate.
“Thank you for visiting ED.gov. Due to a lack of appropriations effective October 1, ED activities have been curtailed and most employees are on furlough. ED.gov will not be updated during the shutdown.”
Government operations that actually communicate with the public are on forced leave. Perhaps an impending storm will force the issue.