January 17, 2019

AccuWeather Issues Statement of Apology to National Weather Service Employees

AccuWeather Global Weather Center - January 17, 2019 - An article was published today on AccuWeather.com to reassure consumers and businesses that, despite some media reports, there has been no degradation to the accuracy of our weather forecasts due to the government shutdown. Additionally, the article indicated that National Weather Service forecasters, despite not being paid, continued to issue life-saving weather warnings to protect people and property across the country, and the necessary data continues to flow through government sources. This intent was not well communicated through the article.

We understand that the article has upset some of our trusted colleagues in the meteorological community, especially those in the government who are already in a challenging position because they are working without pay. We sincerely apologize to them. It was not our intent to imply any disrespect for our meteorological colleagues in any way.

We greatly support, value and appreciate the service and partnership of the dedicated and hardworking staff of the National Weather Service. AccuWeather remains a proud partner with the NWS, other government agencies, and the academic research community.

The original version of the story is being updated to clarify any concerns that have been raised, and we appreciate the candid feedback.

Most sincerely,

Dr. Joel N. Myers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

AccuWeather

  • AccuWeather Issues Statement of Apology to National Weather Service Employees

    1/17/2019 11:42:59 PM

    An article was published today on AccuWeather.com to reassure consumers and businesses that, despite some media reports, there has been no degradation to the accuracy of our weather forecasts due to the government shutdown. Additionally, the article indicated that National Weather Service forecasters, despite not being paid, continued to issue life-saving weather warnings to protect people and property across the country, and the necessary data continues to flow through government sources. This intent was not well communicated through the article.

  • Barry Lee Myers Steps Down from AccuWeather

    1/4/2019 9:11:32 AM

    Chief Executive Officer Barry Lee Myers has stepped down as officer and director of AccuWeather and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, effective January 1, 2019. Myers was nominated in late 2017 by President Trump to become Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In accordance with the ethics pledge from Myers to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and in his testimony and comments made to the U.S. Senate, he has fulfilled his commitment to fully divest himself from AccuWeather and from any and all related interests.