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Mon Dec 28, 2015, 05:22 AM

Staff shortage left NWS scrambling to cover tornado outbreak

Staffing shortages at the local Dallas-Fort Worth National Weather Service office left forecasters scrambling to cover Saturday’s tornado outbreak and could slow the process of completing damage surveys.

NWS officials insist all weather warnings were issued in a timely way. But the union that represents forecasters says forecasters covered the storms with the help of meteorologists who volunteered to come in from home and managers pulling extra duty.

The Dallas-Fort Worth National Weather Service office currently has three vacant front-line forecaster positions. The meteorologist who serves as the union representative for the DFW area office says Saturday’s storms highlight the urgent need to fill those jobs.

“This office needs to be fully staffed. We shouldn’t have to be spending time trying to find people to cover shifts and do surveys after high impact weather,” said local National Weather Service Employees Organization representative Jason Dunn.

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/12/nbc5-investigates-staff-shortage-left-nws-scrambling-to-cover-tornado-outbreak.html/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 05:24 AM

1. Because a private association really should have taken over their duties

The staffing and tech are sub-par and all responsibilities should be contracted to an applicable (christian) company that understands the truth instead of believing in your climate mumbo-jumbo.





Do I need to include a sarcasm tag?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 05:30 AM

2. K&R!

One would think that climate/weather and such would be a bit of a higher priority for our elected officials, even if they don't accept climate change as a reality, there still is a National Defense aspect to the weather.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 28, 2015, 08:17 AM

3. Republicans are

notoriously conflicted about national defense. First and foremost, it must be profitable; second, it must not make a Democrat look good.

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