• Government shutdown: What happens in case of severe weather

    By: Megan McClellan


    Even with the governmental shutdown, the National Weather Service is still "open".

    Although there are some parts of the government that shut down almost immediately, most "essential" operations will continue as long as they can.

    Think back to last January. On a Sunday night,  a tornado watch and severe storms began rolling through Green Country, the meteorologists at the Storm Prediction Center (Norman) and those in the local Tulsa office, continued on like it was any other day.

    Many of these meteorologists are taking their normal shifts, working their normal hours and not getting paid until the shutdown ends.

    Some of the National Weather Service offices are ignoring the shut down to a point. After the storms rolled through Green Country that January Sunday, meteorologists from the office in Tulsa went out to do storm damage surveys like they normally would.

    Other offices, like National Weather Service Phoenix, are canceling or postponing all public activities (like tours and outreach events).



    There are many dedicated meteorologists across the country that will continue to work through the shutdown to help keep Americans safe.

    With the shutdown continuing though, there is a concern about training not being conducted and research not happening.

    Since this is the longest shutdown on record, the changes that will be happening in the coming days and potentially weeks will be new for many.

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