The Norman Transcript

October 2, 2013

Government shutdown affects National Weather Center and OU research

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — With the government shutdown on Tuesday, parts of the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., have been affected.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration space within the National Weather Center closed to the public.

NOAA public affairs explained the situation with the following message: “Due to the federal government shutdown … many of the NOAA employees are furloughed. National Weather Service forecasters are still working because their responsibilities include protection of life and property.”

Additionally, OU research could be significantly impacted if the government shutdown persists longer than a week.

Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier, vice president of research, said if the shutdown is short in duration, research projects that have already been authorized to spend money won’t be affected.

“If the shutdown is longer, new grants may become stalled due to the fact federal officials will not be working in the offices issuing grants,” Droegemeier said.