Friday, 20 September, 2019

NOAA assailed for defending President Trump’s Hurricane Dorian claim

'Sharpiegate': meteorologists upset as weather agency defends Trump's Alabama claim Agency Reverses Course on Trump's Alabama Hurricane Claim
Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 05:12

Following President Trump's claim that Alabama could have been affected by Hurricane Dorian, The Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway said on "Media Buzz" Sunday that the media's nonstop coverage of the event was uncalled for - and she specifically called out CNN. "The system will remain too far east".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday as to whether it had communication with NOAA before the agency released its statement Friday. The directive got here mere hours after Trump claimed that Alabama was among the states that "would probably be hit (a lot) tougher than anticipated" so there was little doubt internally that it was referring to the president.

I care when Trump lies about issues such as hurricanes and public safety; I care more about Trump roping in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to participate in his fraud.

Yet this is beside the point, because Alabama never actually experienced those winds.

Former National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read blasted NOAA leadership Friday night on his Facebook page calling the situation "so disappointing" and saying he would comment because NOAA employees were ordered to be quiet.

Within the tempestuous aftermath, some meteorologists spoke on social media of protesting when the appearing NOAA chief, Neil Jacobs, is scheduled to talk at a Nationwide Climate Affiliation assembly Tuesday - in Huntsville, Alabama.

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. "It turned out that that was not what happened", Trump said on Thursday. "For the life of me I don't think I would have ever faced this under President Obama or Governor Bush".

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In the email, first reported by The Washington Post, McLean said he is "pursuing the potential violations" of the agency's science integrity policy. The storm has left more than 40 people dead in the Bahamas.

According to the Washington Post, a top NOAA official warned its staff against contradicting Trump. After spending the morning at his Virginia golf membership, Trump tweeted that he'd like to maneuver on from the matter however the information media "won't leave it alone". "The current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama", Vaccaro said at the time.

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.

"I am very disappointed to see this statement come out from Noaa", the Oklahoma University meteorology professor Jason Furtado told the Associated Press.

That effort led NOAA to repudiate a tweet from the Nationwide Climate Service the earlier weekend assuring Alabamans - precisely - that that they had nothing to worry from the hurricane. 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.

And if NOAA is in a mood to nitpick: President Trump's statements disagreed far more with "probabilities from the best forecast products available" than the Birmingham office's did.