With Day 8 of the government shutdown in the books, National Weather Services employs are still being forced to work without pay. There are 122 weather forecasting offices across the U.S. that employ thousands of meteorologists, and due to the shutdown, they have not been compensated for their hours on the job since October 1st.
Research teams from NWS as well as NOAA have been furloughed, affecting the development of forecasting satellites. As of now, the satellite development is ahead of schedule, but if the government shutdown continues through next week, the project will be delayed, potentially stunting the forecaster's abilities to provide high accuracy forecasts in the next few years.
Forecasters in Anchorage, AK have already called out for compensation, cleverly doing so in a forecast discussion. South Dakota's NWS forecasters have had to hike over two miles through snow to make it to a job that has, no pun intended, frozen their pay checks. Hopefully law makers in Washington will reopen government programs so employs can go back to work, and those that have continued to work can get paid.