Report: Tweets caused chaos to NOAA employees

Employees at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration were jarred—and their work disrupted—by statements and tweets about the weather issued by the White House last September.

The wave of unusual, and largely inaccurate, Pennsylvania Avenue-sourced weather news came just as disastrously powerful Hurricane Dorian approached the coast of the Southern U.S.—according to reports based on Freedom of Information Act-released documents reported on in the Washington Post and other news outlets.

NOAA’s National Weather Service unit is tasked with tracking, analyzing and providing weather forecasts and warnings. The agency’s rank-and-file is not accustomed to being second-guessed—or having its predictions altered, as occurred in this case. Indeed, the president made public statements and tweets bearing directly on the weather emergency—even publicly presenting an inaccurate map of the storm’s expected course, one that flew in the face of the actual winds and computer-modeled course of the storm. Soon afterward, an FAA official in the Birmingham, Ala. field office posted a counter-tweet, correcting the WH. Subsequently, NOAA’s top management appeared to jump into the fray, effectively criticizing the field office—and, to the chagrin of many in the agency, backing up the president’s actions despite their inaccuracy.

Reader comments

Mon, Feb 17, 2020

This whole thing is so absurd! Anyone that would be "jarred" by anything the president said should be fired as incompetent.

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

NOAA employees must be concerned with the genuine corruption existing at the head of the Agency. The current Administrator, Barry Myers, serves as owner and Principal of Accu-weather, a conduit for the child sex trafficking ring that Joe Paterno created in the 1960's and that Penn State, the 'Sanctuary City for Paedophiles' has funded and supported for decades. But Penn State, the 'Sanctuary City for Paedophiles', requires their coaches to 'broom and groom' small children for the sexual debauchery of the university. How much does Penn State, the 'Sanctuary City for Paedophiles' spend to continue their criminal child sex trade enterprise? JoePerv Paterno, whose paedophilia would cause Jeffrey Epstein to blush, for decades recruited and groomed young children for the sexual debauchery of well connected politicians, high ranking Paedophilia State administrators, and wealthy donors. Penn State bribed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to whitewash the scandal, and then delivered several young boys to former Democratic Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell for his hideous depravity in exchange for the early release of Pedophile State from NCAA sanctions. Newly unsealed documents revealed George Mitchell's connection to Jeffrey Epstein Does the media possess the journalistic integrity to investigate the George Mitchell-Louis Freeh-Pedophile State-Joel Myers-Barry Myers international child sex trade operation?

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Had this been Obama, he would have been given the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and then would have had to go on a six-month tour so he could receive his countless honorary doctorates from the most prestigious universities. Since when did NOAA or any other federal agency ever think twice about what this president said? Great job, FedSoup, for resurrecting a non-story from September 2019, by the way. Apparently, there is not enough news to report otherwise these days. Next time, try a little harder to exaggerate this kind of thing into a 9/11 event. That really honors those who were involved. Kudos!

Mon, Feb 10, 2020 Jason DC

NOAA needs to be poked with a stick every once in a while.

Thu, Feb 6, 2020 jim

Makes sense. Glad this report came out, and that we still have journalists and laws that make the government release documents. Of course it was inappropriate for the president to yap about the weather--what does he know? -- during a weather emergency? Crazy.

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