“The tweet from NWS Birmingham was spot on and accurate,” Spann wrote in the tweet. “If they [the NOAA] are coming after them, they might as well come after me. How in the world has it come to this?”
Spann is well-known for largely avoiding political topics including climate change but he nevertheless weighed in on the spat spurred by Trump.
Spann defended the Birmingham NWS in a followup tweet, saying he stands behind the office “100 percent.”
“@NWSBirmingham has a brilliant staff of experienced atmospheric scientists that have helped to save countless lives in my state over the years,” Spann wrote. “They were thrown under the bus today by their parent agency. I stand behind NWS Birmingham 100 percent.”
The Birmingham National Weather Service quickly responded to Trump’s claim earlier in the week, posting a tweet on Sunday debunking Trump’s claim, stating, “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian.”
The president dismissed the tweet from the Birmingham NWS and spent the week insisting he was correct. On Wednesday, Trump held up an earlier forecast map of the hurricane’s path that appeared to show a black line written in marker extending into Alabama in an apparent attempt to justify his claim.