Alaska forecaster uses hidden message to plea for paycheck

Photo of National Weather Service office in Anchorage, AK. (Photo: National Weather Service)

The effects of the government shutdown have far reaching effects - even spreading all the way into Alaska -- as whoever was on shift as the lead forecaster at the Anchorage National Weather Service office early Friday morning made a rather unusual plea for the shutdown to end.

This was the beginning of their forecast discussion, which is updated every six hours, posted at 5 a.m. Alaska time. At first blush, it's a rather mundane forecast -- a weakening storm system.

That is, until you note the first letter of every sentence:

Weather, of course, is of utmost importance in the autumn in Alaska. It's
easy to see why they would be deemed "essential personnel."

However, despite still having to come to sometimes work at odd hours, be it
evenings, weekends, or holidays, their paychecks will not
arrive on time. In the meantime, they keep watch for major storms that can
ravage the area with 80 mph winds, 50-foot seas or a blizzard.

Yes, you can certainly sympathize with whoever wrote the discussion, a not quite
obvious plea for a break in the stalemate, and hopefully their bosses will
understand and soon figure out a solution.

P.S. They changed the discussion

Apparently the message didn't go over so well with some in charge because about 7 hours after the coded message was sent, there was an updated version posted to the Anchorage site that had tweaked some of the word to break up the message. Can you see what they tweaked?