It appears the office published an alternative version of the discussion, without the stealth plea, simultaneously (5 a.m. Alaska daylight time).
As of 5 p.m. EDT, two versions of the forecast discussion, with and without the hidden message were viewable on the National Weather Service Web site.
To support its mission of protecting life and property and to continue issuing forecasts and warnings, the National Weather Service excepted approximately 3,935 employees from the shutdown.
“There’s no money to pay them,” Dan Sobien, president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, told Popular Science. “Nobody knows when anyone’s going to get paid.”