The fierce storm we know as Hurricane Dorian has concluded its ferocious path through the Bahamas along with along the U.S. East Coast. Many of you have contributed to the excellent science that will has underpinned the forecasts along with current understanding of storms such as This particular one, which accelerated quite rapidly in intensity. The storm also presented challenges in track which improved upon with enhanced observations. We know that will our collective work, by the scientists from the aircraft penetrating the storm, to the scientists deploying the glider picket line, to the modelers along with folks working the physics of the storms, across OAR along with in our CI’S, along with across all NOAA Lines, we are working the problem in order to give the NWS forecasters the best tools we possibly can to keep America along with our neighbors safe. Thank you.
During the course of the storm, as I am sure you are aware, there were routine along with exceptional expert forecasts, the best possible, issued by the NWS Forecasters. These are remarkable colleagues of ours, who receive our products, use them well, along with provide the benefit of their own experience in announcing accurate forecasts accompanied by the distinction of all credible scientists—they sign their work. As I’m sure you also know, there was a complex issue involving the President commenting on the path of the hurricane. The NWS Forecaster(s) corrected any public misunderstanding in an expert along with timely way, as they should. There followed, last Friday, an unsigned press Discharge by “NOAA” that will inappropriately along with incorrectly contradicted the NWS forecaster. My understanding is usually that will This particular intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science nevertheless on external factors including reputation along with appearance, or simply put, political. Our NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy along with Code of Scientific Conduct make clear that will all NOAA employees shall approach all scientific activities with honesty, objectively, along with completely, without allegiance to individuals, organizations, or ideology. The content of This particular press Discharge is usually very concerning as the idea compromises the ability of NOAA to convey life-saving information necessary to avoid substantial along with specific danger to public health along with safety. If the public cannot trust our information, or we debase our forecaster’s warnings along with products, that will specific danger arises.
You know that will the value of our science is usually from the complexity of our understanding, our ability to convey that will understanding to a wide audience of users of This particular information, along with to establish along with sustain the public trust from the truth along with legitimacy of that will information. Unfortunately, the press Discharge of last Friday violated This particular trust along with violated NOAA’s policies of scientific integrity. In my role as Assistant Administrator for Research, along with as I continue to administratively serve as Acting Chief Scientist, I am pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity. Thankfully, we have such policies that will are independently cited as among the best from the federal community, if not the best. Your NOAA along with OAR management along with leadership team believes in these policies along with principles. I have a responsibility to pursue these truths. I will.
Thank you for your continued excellent work, along with your trust. Carry on.
Craig McLean, NOAA Oceanic along with Atmospheric Administration Assistant Administrator
Oceanic along with Atmospheric Research
National Oceanic along with Atmospheric Administration