The National Weather Service announced issued a statement Monday that they will discontinue the use of Instagram at 12 National Weather Services Weather Forecast Offices and 1 National Center.
Instead, they NWS will continue to use the existing national NWS Instagram account available since 2014. This means the NWS Bay Area account will close January 4, 2018.
Here is the announcement:
000 NOUS41 KWBC 041400 PNSWSH Public Information Statement 17-128 National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC 1000 AM EST Mon Dec 4 2017 TO: Subscribers: -NOAA Weather Wire Service -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network -NOAAPORT Other NWS Partners, Users, and Employees FROM: Mark Tew Chief, Analysis and Mission Support Division SUBJECT: Discontinue the use of Instagram at NWS local Forecast Offices effective January 4, 2018 Effective January 4, 2018, NWS will discontinue Instagram accounts at 12 NWS Weather Forecast Offices and 1 National Center that participated in the prototyping effort from August 1, 2016 to November 2, 2016. NWS engaged in a prototype activity at to explore the potential use of Instagram at these offices: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/pns16-28instragram.htm. Upon evaluation, the NWS has decided not to pursue the use of Instagram at individual NWS offices; however, the NWS will continue to use the existing national NWS Instagram account available since 2014 https://www.instagram.com/nws/ Disclaimers regarding NWS use of social media services can be found at: http://www.weather.gov/disclaimer Below is a list of the offices in the prototyping effort that will discontinue Instagram accounts: Western Region: - WFO Sacramento - WFO Missoula - WFO Seattle - WFO Monterey NCEP: - Ocean Prediction Center Southern Region: - WFO El Paso - WFO Austin/San Antonio Eastern Region: - WFO Wakefield - WFO Columbia Central Region: - WFO Hastings - WFO Sioux Falls Alaska Region: - WFO Juneau - WFO Fairbanks If you have comments or questions regarding this public information statement, please contact: Melinda Bailey NWS Southern Region Headquarters 819 Taylor Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 firstname.lastname@example.org National Service Change Notices are online at: http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm