NOAA releases a Friday evening, unattributed statement disavowing the NWS Birmingham tweet from Sunday saying Dorian wasn’t going to impact Alabama. pic.twitter.com/4OfuM6iESo
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) September 6, 2019
So that was the tweet seemingly sent out by NOAA on Friday evening.
It did not go over well to say the least.
Courtesy of Business Insider:
Federal weather workers have reacted furiously to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) defence of US President Donald Trump’s repeated assertions that Hurricane Dorian was set to hit Alabama, saying they have been “thrown under the bus” by the agency.
The NOAA on Friday said that its information about how Alabama could be impacted by Hurricane Dorian and Trump’s subsequent claims about it were an accurate reflection of their analysis.
Those statements from the NOAA Friday have sparked outrage among many federal workers in the weather and climate science sectors, with the president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) accusing the agency of undermining the work of its staff.
“Never ever before has their management thrown them under the bus like this,” Dan Sobien, president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization told the Daily Beast.
“These are the people risking their lives flying into hurricanes and putting out forecasts that save lives. Never before has their management undercut their scientifically sound reasoning and forecasts.”
He added that weather workers are “shocked, stunned and irate” at the statement.
Even NOAA’s own scientists were blindsided by the decision to support Trump’s statement.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s decision to back President Trump instead of its own scientists on the question of whether Alabama was at significant risk from Hurricane Dorian has led to widespread outrage in the broader weather community.
Many critics say NOAA’s decision to back Trump is putting politics before facts and undermining forecasters’ ability to carry out their mission to protect life and property, while eroding public trust. They also worry about how the statement will affect Weather Service forecasters’ morale.
Three former NOAA heads have expressed this concern. Kathryn Sullivan, a former NASA astronaut who ran the agency under President Barack Obama, said that throughout NOAA’s history, the agency — including its political appointees — has committed “to not let any political factors sway the scientific credibility and clarity of Weather Service forecasts and warnings.”
She stated: “The anonymous and disingenuous statement NOAA tweeted out is a major breach of scientific integrity that damages the NWS and stains the agency’s leadership.”
I don’t know quite how he does it, but Donald Trump literally destroys the reputation of every single person who comes into contact with him.
It’s like in order to survive in his company you must leave your integrity at the door.
By the time Trump leaves office there will not be a single person in the country who trusts anybody in government.
And perhaps that was the goal all along.