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President Donald Trump finally received his revenge. And this was done with the kind assistance of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the parent agency of the National Weather Service. In an unsigned statement issued on Friday, NOAA strongly supported President Donald Trump's warning that Hurricane Dorian could affect Alabama. The statement said Trump was provided with information "demonstrating that tropical storm winds from Hurricane Dorian could affect Alabama," the release said.
The announcement came five days after Trump warned on Twitter that Alabama was " most likely to be hit (much) harder than expected, "along with South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Shortly after the president sent this message, the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama took to Twitter to contradict him : "Alabama will NOT see any impact from # Dorian. We repeat, no impact from Hurricane # Dorian will be felt in Alabama. "
These reports have launched what may turn out to be one of the most silly controversies since the Trump era since the President took his inability to make a simple mistake to new heights . Trump continued to insist he was right and criticized media outlets who dared to question his tweet. And yes, he went to a sharpshooter to extend the impact of the storm. And on Friday, he received the support of NOAA, which not only endorsed the president but criticized the Birmingham National Weather Service because it "spoke in absolute terms that did not match the probabilities of the best forecast products available at the time." But the Birmingham office was hardly alone. NOAA spokesman Chris Vacaro also said Sunday that "the current path of Dorian's forecast does not include Alabama."
Many experts expressed disappointment with NOAA's statement, accusing the administration of using government resources for a stupid political argument that would ultimately undermine confidence in meteorologists. One of those who spoke was Dan Sobien, the president of the union, who represents employees of the meteorological services. "Let me assure you that hard working NWS employees have nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and outspoken tweet sent by NOAA management tonight," wrote in Twitter . Former director of the National Hurricane Center, Bill Reed, took to Facebook to criticize the NOAA leadership, saying he had decided to speak as employees were told to remain silent:
Either the NOAA Leadership really agrees with what they posted or were instructed to do so. If the former, the statement indicates a lack of understanding of how to use probabilistic forecasts in conjunction with other forecast information. Awkward. If this is the latter, the statement shows a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who actually do the work.
Brian McNally, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, told NPR that "an administrator or someone at the top of the NOAA has thrown the National Weather Service under the bus. the NOAA did not agree with the tweet sent from the NWS office in Birmingham, then it had to be adjusted within hours, not five days, he added. Other meteorologists also said they were confused by the statement.
Proving his inability to solve the problem, Trump nailed a tweet with a CNN doctoral video showing a meteorologist that Alabama was at risk from Dorian. The video has been edited so that meteorologists say "Alabama" 10 times. He then shows the CNN logo going down the road and eventually burst into flames.