I just read an excellent (but long!) writeup by UW Professor Cliff Mass about the serious issues at hand in NOAA and the NWS. These issues are degrading our ability to forecast weather as accurately as we can here in the USA as we fall behind other world forecasting and weather modeling organizations. A good read!
By the way, I agree with Cliff that the local NWS employees are great. They are totally different from when I started in this business almost 20 years ago. I remember making a call over there in the early 1990s when they genuinely seemed annoyed that I called. But every single one I have dealt with in the past 10 years has been helpful. The problem is much higher up in that organization as Cliff spells out in his blog.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen