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NOAA Backs Trump On Early Dorian Threat To Alabama

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Weather Service, has issued a statement backing up Donald Trump’s ongoing assertion that Alabama was, at one time, a possible target of Hurricane Dorian.

From the Washington Post:

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated Alabama was in fact threatened by the storm at the time Trump tweeted Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”

Referencing archived hurricane advisories, the NOAA statement said that information provided to the president and the public between Aug. 28 and Sept. 2 “demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.”

The WaPo goes on to report that on August 29, when the president was briefed by acting NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs, any risk to Alabama had become highly unlikely. By the time Trump tweeted about the Alabama threat on Sunday morning, no credible computer model showed any risk to the state.

NOAA also clapped back at its own National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Ala., which had contradicted Trump’s tweet (without naming Trump) writing, “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian.”

“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,” wrote NOAA’s leadership.

‘Absolute terms’ and ‘probabilities’ aside, the Birmingham office ended up being correct, and Trump was wrong. Alabama was not ‘hit (much) harder than anticipated.’

Responding to the statement from NOAA, the organization’s former chief operating officer, David Titley, tweeted this:


Where Else Would A Storm Chaser Pop The Question?

Joey Krastel pops the question to bf Chris Scott

We’ve seen marriage proposals at Disney World, at Pride events, even at home supply super-stores, but meteorologist Joey Krastel popped the question with an element of danger thrown in.

On May 28, the 27-year-old posted a photo on Twittershowing the ‘storm chaser’ down on one knee in front of his boyfriend, Chris Scott, with a wild storm in the background. The caption read, “The 2 loves of my life.”

Krastel has been fascinated by storms and weather since the age of four when he saw his first tornado.

“It was at that moment where I knew everything I wanted to do from then on out,” he told NBC News. “Every meteorologist has a weather story from when they were little that defined their path.”

In fact, it was weather that brought the couple together.

Scott has had an interest in storms since he first saw the tornado-themed film Twisterwhen he was a young boy.

It was his enchantment of weather that led him to follow Krastel on Instagram where the meteorologist posts photos and video footage of wild weather.

One comment led to another and another, and soon the pair got in touch and began dating.

Dates included, of course, adventures in storm chasing.

It was with that in mind that Krastel planned his big moment.

“It was always in the back of my mind to get engaged during storm chasing,” he shared with NBC News. “I felt like it would be this perfect way to seal the deal.”

And so it was that a road trip that began in Dallas and traveled across Oklahoma and New Mexico. But it wasn’t until the group was driving through Kansas that they came across “the right storm.”

“It all just kind of came together and happened so quickly,” said Krastel. “I was like, ‘Ok, this is it.’”

With a tornado whirling in the distance, Krastel dropped to his knee and popped the question as a friend snapped the pic.

This photo posted to Krastel’s Instagram shows how close the couple were to the dangerous storm at the time of his proposal.

The couple now has a terrific marriage proposal story to share with friends, but it’s important to warn that storm chasing can be very dangerous for folks who do not understand weather patterns.

National Geographic reports that tornadoes cause 80 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries in the U.S.

There are many ways to reinforce a home against wind damage — some are simple enough to DIY while others may require professional assistance. Click here for a guide to preparing your home from damaging winds.


Weather Forecast: Gorgeous

I’m in Palm Springs for a couple of weeks on business, and had to take a pic of the gorgeous day here.


If you’ve never done the Palm Springs thing, you’ve got to come here. This is pretty much how it looks all year round.

And yes, I got out of the middle of street once I got the pic 🙂


Cute Weatherman Gives Madonna-Inspired Forecast

Washington, D.C. meteorologist Mike Thomas got into the groove with his Madonna-inspired weather forecast as the Queen of Pop headed into his city Saturday night with her REBEL HEART Tour.

He’s got something to say about it, and it goes something like this:


Why I Live In Nevada

Any questions?

Texting Coast To Coast With Michael

Actual text conversation as my hubby Michael is in NYC with clients doing national press, and I’m in San Diego choreographing West Side Story:

Michael: “It’s been one of those days.”

Me: “I get it. I know, it’s been tough here, too…”

Michael: “Don’t even send a pool pic.”


Me: “Awww, hahahahahahahahaha….”


Storm chaser hit by lightning while recording storm

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to get struck by lightning, well, here you go.

Storm chaser Scott Sheppard gets hit by lightning while shooting video out the window near Fairburn, South Dakota.

The strike hit his arm and then traveled down to the ground and blew a hole in the pavement. The lightning also disabled his vehicle and a passing car, both of which had to be towed. Scott has a sore arm but is otherwise OK.

Check the one minute video below at the :15 mark.The video then  repeats for a little “slow-mo” effect.

(h/t Towleroad)


Amazing time-lapse weather video from Wyoming

Storm chasing team Basehunters recorded the formation of an impressive supercell, or rotating thunderstorm, in Wyoming.

Really quite beautiful.

Over 3.4 million views in less than two days.

(h/t JMG)


Today in Las Vegas


Frozen Chicago under the “Polar Vortex”

Courtesy of pilot Hank Cain, this pic (shared via Twitter) of Chicago under the “Polar Vortex” shows a beautiful but frozen perspective of the Windy City under the harsh, frigid temperature.

Click the image to enlarge.


It’s really hot in Las Vegas

When your POOL is 98 degrees, you know it’s hot out…

It’s going to be very hot in Las Vegas this weekend


NYC thunderstorm jolts Yankees and Red Sox

It’s one thing to be in your house during a storm, but a whole other thing altogether when you’re outside and “in it.”

Watch these major leaguers jump – yes, so would I – at the thunder and lightning that was going on last night at Yankee Stadium.



Winter Storm Nemo photographed from space

Nemo approaches.  Three feet of snow expected.  Click pic to enlarge.

(via Buzzfeed)


Birthday plans 2012 – “Overcast”

Umm – Someone wasn’t paying attention when I put in my order for “fabulous pool weather” on my birthday. I’m just looking for some rays, tunes and fine wine for my little afternoon with the dogs and Michael.

Can someone make a call?…

At least I have Steve Sondheim and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Ebersole lined up to serenade me tonight at the Smith Center here in Las Vegas.