“We realize it was political in nature and something atypical of the National Weather Service,” science operations officer Tom Grafenauer said. All employees have access to the organization’s Twitter account to post weather updates for the community, he said.
“An employee had thought that he had logged out and was using his own account,” Grafenauer said.
Going forward, the weather service office is considering an additional apology to the public and reviewing its social media policy with employees.
“Stick with the weather,” Grafenauer said. “Stick with the facts. We don’t put our opinions, especially our political opinions, out there.”