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Meteorologists Blast Trump For Using Doctored Forecast To Prove Alabama ‘Warning’ Correct

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Meteorologists Blast Trump For Using Doctored Forecast To Prove Alabama ‘Warning’ Correct

Meteorologists ripped into President Trump on Wednesday after he held up a doctored Hurricane Dorian forecast in what appeared to be his latest attempt to defend warning Alabama residents on Sunday that the hurricane posed a threat to the state, a warning that was debunked minutes later by the National Weather Service (NWS).

“In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated,” Trump falsely claimed on Sunday.

The NWS responded 20 minutes later with a statement fact-checking Trump’s tweet: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama.”

During Wednesday’s White House briefing, Trump held up a nearly week-old National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track for Dorian showing the storm approaching the Florida or Georgia coastline on Sunday (9/1) or Monday (9/2).

The 5-day hurricane forecast track Trump held up for reporters appears to have a hand-drawn black line that extended the original forecast cone into southern portions of Alabama and Georgia, an apparent attempt to prove Trump’s false tweet correct.

Below is the original Hurricane Dorian forecast issued by the National Hurricane Center on Thursday, August 29, issued nearly four days before Trump’s tweet warning Alabama residents. You can see that the original forecast does not have a black line extending into Alabama.

RSMAS researcher Brian McNoldy tweeted: “The so-called president altered (with the talent of a 2nd-grader) an official forecast product from @NHC_Atlantic to make it look like Alabama was somehow involved as he claimed (actual graphic included here for reference). This is not ok, and not normal.”

Assistant professor Dr. Kim Wood tweeted: “Alabama was *never* within the National Hurricane Center’s 5-day forecast cone for Dorian. The closest the cone got was the Alabama-Georgia border.”

Tony Lyza tweeted: “He added a fake circle to an old NHC track map to make it look like Alabama was under threat. You just can’t make this up.”

Meteorologist Dennis Mersereau tweeted: “The President of the United States altered a National Hurricane Center map with a sharpie to falsely extend the official forecast toward Alabama so he didn’t have to admit he was wrong in a tweet.”

Meteorologist Bryan Wood wrote: “Imagine having an ego so big that instead of just saying ‘My tweet including Alabama was incorrect’, you take a days old forecast, take a sharpie and extend the forecast to Alabama yourself. Not a single expert in that field said Alabama was at risk. Let it go.”

Meteorology professor Shawn Milrad tweeted: “Oh my god he used an old chart and falsely extended the cone toward Alabama lololol what a sad pathetic orange man.”

Dr. Jacquelyn Gill tweeted: “This is shameful, illegal, and irresponsible — over a million people live inside that falsified Sharpie bubble. They deserve real, accurate forecasts so they can make informed decisions for their families’ safety.”

“We got lucky in Florida, very, very lucky indeed, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday as he held up Thursday’s NHC forecast. “We had actually our original chart was that it was going to be hitting Florida directly. It was going to be hitting directly and it would have affected a lot of other states.”

He continued: “But that was the original chart and you see it was going to hit not only Florida but Georgia. It could of – it was going toward the Gulf. That was what we, what was originally projected and it took a right turn and ultimately, and hopefully, we are going to be lucky.”

A few minutes later, Trump held up yet another 4-day-old forecast track for Dorian, telling reporters: “And that’s pretty amazing. This is the original path that we thought and everybody thought that this was about a 95% probability and it turned out to be not that path. It turned out to be a path going up the coast.”

Watch the White House breifing, below:


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