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Alaskan weather forecast contains secret message for federal government

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:06 p.m. HST, Oct 05, 2013


JUNEAU, Alaska >> There was more than the forecast in a National Weather Service dispatch Friday for south-central and southwestern Alaska.

The "Anchorage area forecast discussion" posted online and sent to media outlets at 5 a.m. contained a secret message: The first letters of each line on the left-hand column read "PLEASE PAY US."

Agency employees are required to work during the partial federal government shutdown to provide weather forecasts and any warnings. It's unclear when they'll get paid. 

A person who answered the phone at the Anchorage weather office declined to answers questions about the message or identify himself, saying the office could comment only about the weather.

The message was first reported by the Washington Post.





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GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Very much like a subliminal statement. I concur.
on October 4,2013 | 02:24PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
In other words, it has been postulated that a certain amount of notoriety can be achieved by obtaining a very good education of the study of weather such that one can write what the tea leaves tell us. Suppose however there really was a weather phenomena such as a Hurricane that still could affect the Southeastern States or Hawaii. What would we do? We keep the computers warmed up of course, and issue warnings such as "No Tsunami Threat from the 5.2 Earthquake south of The Big Island". We wonder how some people are able to write a lot of garbage in their theses or dissertations, and we find out that they were motivated by "something", such as the promise of high pay, with little play. u read my thesis and u think that i was born on Mars lol.
on October 4,2013 | 03:46PM
Azure wrote:
I see what you did there.
on October 4,2013 | 08:16PM
Big C wrote:
The question is, how much money "WAS NOT" paid for an essential worker at the National Weather Service to create the message. Considering that essential workers will be paid (may be delayed, but will be paid).
on October 5,2013 | 04:29AM
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