Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump Tweets Bizarre Cat Meme About Doctored Hurricane Dorian Map

Donald Trump Tweets Bizarre Cat Meme About Doctored Hurricane Dorian Map

News of the directive comes on the outset of Trump's week of pushing doctored maps and defending errant claims about Hurricane Dorian's possible impact on Alabama.

"They did that with one thing in mind: public safety", said Uccellini, who prompted a standing ovation from hundreds of forecasters by asking members of the Birmingham weather staff to stand.

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

But the memo, which was first reported by The Washington Post, is another example of the scramble Trump caused when he incorrectly asserted - and repeatedly doubled down on - his Alabama claim. "People are able to avoid or prepare for tornadoes, hurricanes, heatwaves, and flood waters thanks to the dedicated experts in the National Weather Service who track severe weather into the night, sometimes even sleeping at the office to ensure they don't miss a forecast", wrote my colleague Gretchen Goldman.

Friday's NOAA statement, released just before 5 p.m., points to a few graphics issued by the National Hurricane Center to support Trump's claims. "And I'm afraid that is an instance the place that is starting to happen", Elbert "Joe" Friday, a former director of the Nationwide Climate Service, stated.

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 am thankful for the folks at NWS Birmingham for their work in keeping the citizens of Alabama informed and up to date on weather hazards".

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". NOAA officials also didn't respond to requests for comment.

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

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On Friday, Trump accused the media of being "fixated" on the issue. "For the life of me I don't think I would have ever faced this under President Obama or Governor Bush".

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

Dan Sobien, president of the union representing weather service employees, tweeted Friday, "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".

On Friday - a day when survivors in the Bahamas and other places where the hurricane actually did hit were trying to rebuild their lives - the USA president once more took to Twitter to argue about Alabama.

"What the Birmingham NWS office sent out Sunday morning was correct and served the public well", Read continued.

"I am very disappointed to see this statement come out from NOAA", Oklahoma University meteorology professor Jason Furtado told The Associated Press.

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.

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