Weather Service furloughs nixed

As we and others haved reported, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had planned to deal with budget cuts by laying off all its employees -- including Natoinal Weather Service meteorologists -- between July 1 and Sept. 30.
The plan met with stiff resistance from the weather service union, and it turns out that the weathermen had powerful friends in Congress, including Rep. Chaka Fattah, the Philadelphia congressman who is the ranking member of the subcommittee oversseing NOAA.
Yesterday, NOAA informed the 12,000-member workforce that it was backing off the furlough plan.
"We moved some money around," Fattah said this afternoon. He said he would more to say on this whole issue next week.