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The National Weather Service has a hidden message for Congress

The National Weather Service has a hidden message for Congress

October 5, 2013 - Large chunks of the National Weather Service--the group of scientists partially responsible for predicting extreme weather events, among many other important weather-related duties--are still working despite the government shutdown debacle. They're just doing it without that whole "pay" detail. Upsetting.

ABC affiliate station meteorologist Mike Masco apparently found a hidden message to Congress, venting that frustration, buried in some standard weather alerts. (You can see the alert here. As of writing, it's still there. Scroll down a bit.)

But seriously. They need to get paid.

Sources and more information:

Alaska National Weather Service office begs "please pay us" in secret message

In an official public forecast discussion, the Anchorage National Weather Service office - whose employees are working without knowledge of when they will be paid during the ongoing Federal shutdown - encoded this secret message: "Please pay us." The first letter in each of the first 11 lines in the forecast discussion spells out the message,...

National Weather Service meteorologists sending out coded messages begging to get paid

"Please Pay Us" -- Alaska National Weather Service puts secret message in forecast

'Essential' but unpaid National Weather Service employees insert secret message into nightly bulletin

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