webcentric - 3:56 am on Oct 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
Well, talk about trickle-down. NOAA.gov is down due to the shutdown causing a disruption in the xml weather feeds they provide (at least the server that serves weather icons is down). We seem to still be getting some weather data but I'm not sure it's actually real-time data and I'm also not sure when and if it will completely go down, (throwing errors in the process). Long story short, we've had to take weather components offline temporarily. I'm guessing this may also be influencing a great many other non-essential federal web services, rss feeds and other data repositories across a multitude of topics. Anyway, the tip of the iceberg reveals itself in a very unexpected way. For us weather is more cosmetic than a critical feature but I could imagine a site that relies on government feeds for some of its content could be up a creek for awhile. Yuck!