NOAA assailed for defending Trump's Hurricane Dorian claim

NOAA assailed for defending Trump's Hurricane Dorian claim

The controversy reached new heights last Wednesday, when Trump displayed to reporters a map that appeared to have been altered with a black marker to include Alabama in the hurricane's path.

That effort led NOAA to repudiate a tweet from the National Weather Service the previous weekend assuring Alabamans - accurately - that they had nothing to fear from the hurricane.

It was originally shared by a Trump supporter with the caption: 'Live look at CNN.' It was then retweeted by the president without comment, where it gathered more than 160,000 likes and 44,000 retweets.

Dismay came from those who served under Republican and Democratic presidents alike as leaders in meteorology and disaster response sized up a sustained effort by Trump and his aides to justify his warning that Alabama, among other states, was "most likely" to be hit hard by Dorian, contrary to forecasts showing Alabama was clear.

"The Birmingham office was correct", said a NOAA staffer familiar with the situation but speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of being fired in reprisal. But on Saturday night, the United States president unveiled the ultimate argument-winning weapon: A cleverly-edited video of a cat, sitting on a CNN logo, chasing a laser pointer "held" by Trump, with the president's infamous Dorian map in the background. "Embarrassing", former National Hurricane Center director Bill Read wrote in a Facebook post.

From 28 August to 31 August, a handful of locations in Alabama were mentioned in charts that listed percentage chance of tropical storm force winds or hurricane winds, maxing out at about an 11% chance that Montgomery would get tropical storm force winds.

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He said NWS employees were expressing displeasure on social media. "The agency will not be providing further official comment, and will not speculate on internal reviews".

Backlash from everywhere From Al Rocker, one of my long-time favorite weathermen to any number of former NOAA officials, the backlash over the NOAA statement has continued to escalate.

Late Thursday, the White House sent out the copy of a somber letter by Rear Admiral Peter Brown - Trump's counter-terrorism adviser - saying that back on Sunday he'd been the one to brief the president on Alabama being a possible target. This doesn't happen. This is a scientific agency. The storm has left more than 40 people dead in the Bahamas. What I said was accurate!

Dan Sobien, head of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, which represents thousands of workers under NOAA, said federal workers were "shocked, stunned and irate" with NOAA siding with Trump.

Stelter said, "To understand why the president is posting cat videos, actually celebrating his own ignorance about Alabama and Hurricane Dorian, we have to go back to the beginning of the week when the president gave away a key line from his re-election playbook". The previous officers stated the way in which the NOAA supported Trump and assailed the Nationwide Climate Service's Birmingham workplace places the credibility of the company in danger.

"Birmingham National Weather Service's Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time".

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