Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

Christie: Trump Likes Talking About 'Sharpies' Rather Than Real Issues

Christie: Trump Likes Talking About 'Sharpies' Rather Than Real Issues

On Friday, NOAA disavowed a tweet from the National Weather Service's Birmingham, Alabama, office that had contradicted Trump's claim. "Staff should not provide any opinion about the national level posts and should direct any questions that can not be satisfied to NOAA Pubic Affairs", an email sent from the National Weather Service on September 1 said.

Speaking at a meeting of the National Weather Association, Uccellini said Birmingham forecasters "did what any office would do to protect the public". "Embarrassing", former National Hurricane Center director Bill Read wrote in a Facebook post. "And I'm afraid this is an example where this is beginning to occur", he told The Associated Press today.

He said NWS employees were expressing displeasure on social media.

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.

The meme, which was originally shared by a pro-Trump Twitter account with the caption, "Live look at CNN", showed the president holding a forecast map while a cat plays with a laser pointer to the instrumental tune of "Yakety Sax". "You have science organizations putting out statements against their own offices".

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator during the Obama administration said: "It is truly sad to see political appointees undermining the superb, life-saving work of NOAA's talented and dedicated career servants".

Ironically, NOAA has one of the strongest scientific integrity policies within government, policies that are supposed to insulate science from political manipulation and control.

The statement from Noaa contrasts with comments the agency's spokesman, Chris Vaccaro, made last Sunday. NOAA officials also didn't respond to requests for comment.

On Friday, Trump accused the media of being "fixated" on the issue.

"Let me assure you the hard working employees of the NWS had nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and disingenuous tweet sent out by NOAA management tonight", Sobien tweeted Friday evening.

Retired Adm. David Titley, former NOAA operations chief during the Obama administration and a former meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University said NOAA's leadership showed "moral cowardice" and officials should have resigned instead of issuing the statement. Friday said he would have quit had he been in top officials' shoes.

Titley said Saturday it was unsafe because of the mistrust NOAA is now injecting in forecasts that can help people with life-or-death decisions on whether to evacuate. He is the president of the College Democrats of DE, and both a columnist and senior news reporter at The Review. As a deadly hurricane approach the United States' southeastern coast, the president was fixated on his false claim, peddled last weekend, that Alabama was among the states that were likely to "be hit (much) harder than anticipated" at a point at which the evidence said the opposite.

"We make forecasts, we don't deal with politics", said association president Paul Schlatter, who works for the weather service in Boulder, Colorado. Not only is the second part a direct lie, but it subverts the scientists of the Birmingham, Ala. office of the NWS, who were still 100% correct.

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