Chairwoman Johnson Voices Concerns Over White House Video of Altered Hurricane Forecast Map

Press Release From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to President Donald Trump questioning the contents of a video released yesterday afternoon by the White House Twitter account. In the video, the President was shown holding an out-of-date forecast of Hurricane Dorian that appeared to have been modified to suggest a forecasted impact to Alabama. 

 “In times of emergency, the American public need to have confidence in the information being provided by the White House, and misrepresentation of National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts is especially disturbing when it concerns an ongoing natural disaster that has already killed twenty people,” said Chairwoman Johnson in the letter. “Yet whether or not any law was violated in the alteration of the NWS forecast map, the result is a misrepresentation of what the NWS data is telling forecasters, sowing confusion that could adversely impact our citizens’ ability to prepare for a deadly weather emergency.”

A copy of the full letter can be found here.

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