Staff Shortage Left NWS Scrambling To Cover Outbreak

Randy Jennings

May 18, 2013
"NBC5 Investigates has learned staffing shortages at the local Dallas-Fort Worth National Weather Service office left forecasters scrambling to cover Saturday’s tornado outbreak and could slow the process of completing damage surveys.

NWS officials insist all weather warnings were issued in a timely way. But the union that represents forecasters said forecasters covered the storms with the help of meteorologists who volunteered to come in from home and managers pulling extra duty."

Full story and video at: . This is a follow-up, after the 12/26/15 North Texas tornados, to two earlier reports from NBC 5 on union complaints about staffing shortages.

For what it is worth, I think FWD WFO staff did a fantastic job in this event which had 12 confirmed tornados (one rated EF4 and another rated EF3). Had it not been for the timely warnings they issued, the fatality total may have been higher than the 11 deaths.