'Sharpiegate': meteorologists upset as weather agency defends Trump's Alabama claim

NOAA Chief: Response to Trump’s Hurricane Forecast was ‘Political’ & ‘Danger to Public Health and Safety’

NOAA Chief: Response to Trump’s Hurricane Forecast was ‘Political’ & ‘Danger to Public Health and Safety’

US President Donald Trump on Saturday assured Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis of help in relief efforts after the island-nation was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.

In other words, the president delivered a false warning to the public, people who assumed the president was right grew concerned, so the National Weather Service told people the truth.

The NOAA, in an unsigned statement attributed to no one, even admonished the National Weather Service, effectively throwing NWS officials under the bus for saying Alabama was not at risk from Hurricane Dorian at a time when Alabama was not at risk from Hurricane Dorian.

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. He is the president of the College Democrats of DE, and both a columnist and senior news reporter at The Review.

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.

Former officers noticed a political hand at work in NOAA's assertion disavowing the Birmingham tweet.

NOAA Chief: Response to Trump’s Hurricane Forecast was ‘Political’ & ‘Danger to Public Health and Safety’

Other meteorologists also voiced concerns about NOAA's actions on Friday. After spending the morning at his Virginia golf club, Trump tweeted that he'd like to move on from the matter but the news media "won't leave it alone". Joe Friday said he would have quit had he been in top officials' shoes.

Titley stated the episode may feed mistrust of forecasts that assist individuals make life-or-death choices whether or not to evacuate. I don't think the president thinks the distraction is bad for him. To think this embarrassment is limited to a crude drawing on a map is to overlook just how far the president and his team took this potentially unsafe charade, and what this tells others throughout the USA government - scientists, intelligence officials, diplomats, et al. - about what happens to those who provide facts at odds with the leader's preferred script.

"This is the first time I've felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast. Nonetheless this used to be no longer a shaggy dog narrative to the folk in Alabama who saw Trump's tweet that said Alabama will a lot seemingly be hit a lot extra hard than anticipated". There have actually been at least four hurricanes that have been categorized as category 5 since his presidency and he's even admitted to witnessing one during a visit to Tyndall Air Force Base.

Last week, Trump caused confusion in Alabama after falsely asserting in a tweet that Dorian would affect the state. On Wednesday, he staged a press briefing on the hurricane's path featuring a chart obviously altered with a Sharpie pen to show Alabama in the plausible line of fire. "The system will remain too far east".

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. In real time, NOAA leadership prioritized the president's precious feelings and fragile ego over the health and welfare of the people who were in Dorian's path.

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