The House subcommittee that oversees the NOAA's budget says the agency will be given more "wiggle room" to adjust its funding so that they can honor the sequester cuts without actually losing any people, even temporarily. Every one of the agency's employees — including hundreds of meteorologists — , in an attempt to meet that across aboard budget cuts imposed by the Congress earlier this year. All government agencies were forced to either lay off workers or implement furloughs in an effort to save money, but so farand the NOAA have been formal reprieves to keep workers on the job.
A memo from NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan said, "The events over the past week, including more devastating tornadoes tonight in Oklahoma and Missouri, remind us how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety and well-being of this nation." It's just unfortunate that took the deaths of dozen of people for Congress to recognize the importance of studying and understanding our weather. At least 16 people , includingwho were tracking tornadoes in Oklahoma.