Secret coded plea on National Weather Service site: ‘PLEASE PAY US’
By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News
Someone at the Anchorage, Alaska, office of the National Weather Service has a message for Americans four days into the shutdown of the federal government:
PLEASE PAY US
The message was hidden in the first paragraph of the early morning forecast for the Anchorage region Friday. The first letters of each line of the paragraph spell it out — a type of simple code called an acrostic.
Most federal services are on hold because of the shutdown, but weather forecasts aren’t among them because they’re considered information “necessary to protect life and property.”