FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Federal Aviation Administration threatened to close the Contracted Weather Office at Fort Wayne International Airport last year. Their contract was extended through September 2017 at which point the new President and other newly elected officials will decide the fate of the CWO. Julie Davison, a Weather Observer at the CWO, said, “We really don’t know, no matter who gets in to office, how this is gonna turn out….It’s not a very good situation”
The National Weather Service has announced some planned restructuring that has been in the works for two years. Susan Buchanan, an NWS Spokeswoman, said in part, “…the National Weather Service is taking steps to evolve into an even more effective agency. As part of this process, we are considering ways to realign staff and functions to deliver weather forecasts and warnings more effectively. We are not proposing to close local forecast offices.” This restructuring will take several years to come to fruition, so after the election newly elected officials will have the chance to stall or stop these proposed changes.