Hidden in National Weather Service forecast: P-L-E-A-S-E-P-A-Y-U-S

The National Weather Service's forecast for Alaska contained a cryptic message, deciphered by using the first letter of each line of text.

(CNN) — Sometimes, it pays to read between the lines.

At least that may be the message –and, more accurately, the hope — of workers at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage, Alaska.

The message can be found in an official forecast put out at 5 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) that seems, at first glance, routine with its discussion of air pressure, wind speeds and weather systems.

But if you line up the first letters of each word from top-to-bottom in the forecast, under the heading “Analysis and Upper levels,” there’s something else there:


That breaks down into three simple words: Please pay us.

Meteorologists at the service’s Anchorage office declined Friday afternoon to comment on the possibly cryptic wording, saying they can only speak about weather-related matters. It was not immediately clear who exactly put out the forecast or whether a message was intentionally tucked into it.

Still, it’s no secret that National Weather Service employees — like other federal government employees — aren’t getting paid as long as the government is shut down.

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