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The Shutdown Won’t Stop Weather Forecasts. But It’s Creating Problems for the Future

TIME

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Around the country, from flood-prone lowlands to Tornado Alley, weather can be deadly serious. Timely warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), the federal agency tasked with keeping track of weather across the United States, are key to preserving human life in extreme weather events. Now, as the government shutdown drags into its 13th day, some are wondering if the partially-staffed NWS is still reliable, or if the service is even operating at all.