A former official of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called the scientific agency’s sudden jaw-dropping support for Donald Trump’s blunder about Hurricane Dorian and Alabama the agency’s “darkest day.”

The NOAA threw its own National Weather Service under the bus to support Trump on Friday after his dayslong insistence he was right to warn Alabama about the approaching hurricane — even though maps and experts clearly contradicted him.

“Perhaps the darkest day ever for @noaa leadership. Don’t know how they will ever look their workforce in the eye again. Moral cowardice,” David Titley, the NOAA’s former chief operating officer, tweeted Friday.

BREAKING: NOAA has sided with President Trump, rather than its own scientists: https://t.co/9fFQpFrtbs

— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) September 6, 2019

Perhaps the darkest day ever for @noaa leadership. Don’t know how they will ever look their workforce in the eye again. Moral cowardice.

— David Titley (@dwtitley) September 6, 2019

Trump erroneously tweeted and later said Sunday that Alabama was in the projected path of Hurricane Dorian. The Birmingham NWS quickly issued a notice contradicting Trump.

Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east. #alwx

— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019

Five days later — after Trump relentlessly insisted he was correct and even tried to back up his story by presenting an altered National Hurricane Center map on which he himself circled Alabama with a marker, according to The Washington Post — the NOAA disavowed the statement by the NWS contradicting Trump.

The “Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time,” said an unsigned statement from the NOAA. Information and maps disseminated to the public “clearly demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.” Clearly, that’s not the case:

Here was the 12z September 1, 2019 "spaghetti plot" … Alabama was definitely outside of any threat cone. pic.twitter.com/mm9hL4rKQN

— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) September 6, 2019

This is a complete and utter disgrace. The NWS in Birmingham's tweet was 100% spot on with the absolute terms it chose at that time, and anyone telling you otherwise is a liar. Trump is taking NWS, arguably the most effective government agency & trying to ruin it to save face. https://t.co/tm8AVPQqfF

— Matt Lanza (@mattlanza) September 6, 2019 Download REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus

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