Alabama weather service right to contradict Trump on Dorian, NWS chief says


The ordeal, which included a crude manipulation of a hurricane-tracking map, told us something important about Trump's approach to reality, as he tried and failed to bully the truth into submission.

The storm that has already walloped the Virgin Islands, Bahamas and North Carolina is now bringing hurricane-force winds to far-eastern Canada.

Former prime officers of the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the company for undermining its climate forecasters because it defends President Donald Trump's assertion from days in the past that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

I can appreciate why some news consumers grew tired of "Sharpie-gate" last week, but the NOAA's statement on Friday afternoon put the story on a very different level.

NOAA spokesman Christopher Vaccaro verified that day that "The current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama".

Sunday on CNN's "Correct Sources", anchor Brian Stelter said President Donald Trump is "celebrating his dangle lack of information" by tweeting in regards to the controversy over Typhoon Dorian's affect. The maps show percentage possibility of tropical storm force winds in the United States. From Aug 28 to August 31, 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 11% chance for Montgomery to get tropical storm force winds. "Embarrassing", former National Hurricane Center director Bill Read wrote in a Facebook post.

"Either NOAA Leadership truly agrees with what they posted or they were ordered to do it". "If it is the latter, the statement shows a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who are actually doing the work".

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In an effort to address the wounds, leaders at the National Weather Service on Saturday sent a memo to employees praising their work and asserting that "we continue to embrace and uphold the essential integrity of the entire forecast process as it was applied by ALL NWS offices", an emphasis no doubt directed at forecasters chastised by the NOAA statement.

"This nonsense has never happened to another President", he said.

Sobien's union represents about 4,000 employees of the NWS, including meteorologists, flight engineers, technicians, and others. Sizemore said the Sunday tweet came in response to people calling the NWS office. "It clearly let the public know that they were not at risk from the impacts of Hurricane Dorian". Alabamians maybe went out and bought some extra supplies that they did not need and got more nervous than they needed to, but what is it goes the other way?

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.

"I've seen from our own members that they're up in arms".

It should be noted that according to 18 U.S. Code §2704, knowingly disseminating a false weather forecast is a crime. "It's just disgusting. The whole thing is just ridiculous". A prime NOAA official warned staffers on September 1 towards contradicting the president, experiences the Washington Submit.