In an internal email obtained by The Washington Post, NOAA Acting Chief Scientist Craig McLean called the response “political” and “a danger to public health and safety.” He also said he would investigate if the agency’s actions violated the “NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity.”
“The NWS Forecaster(s) corrected any public misunderstanding in an expert and timely way, as they should,” McLean said. “There followed, last Friday, an unsigned press release from ‘NOAA’ that inappropriately and incorrectly contradicted the NWS forecaster. My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political.”
CNN has reached out to NOAA for comment.
Trump’s tweet that Hurricane Dorian would affect Alabama caused confusion last week. The controversy grew deeper after Trump showed off an apparently altered map of a forecast from NOAA that showed a black line drawn in marker over the state to imply Dorian’s track would have taken it deep into the Gulf state. The Washington Post reported Sunday
that the NWS sent a memo to staffers last week directing them to focus on Hurricane Dorian and not “national level social media posts,” an apparent reference to Trump’s claims.