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.
Dr. Joel N. Myers
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
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