Weather experts are backing President Trump in the so-called "Sharpie-Gate" controversy. Mainstream media outlets attacked President Trump for displaying a map-- apparently marked with a Sharpie -- that included Alabama in the forecast cone for Hurricane Dorian. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Friday issued a statement saying it provided information that "tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama." NOAA also disavowed a tweet from the Birmingham National Weather Service office that ruled out any impacts in the state. NOAA says that tweet "spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time."
President Trump Friday tweeted: "The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit. They went Crazy, hoping against hope that I made a mistake (which I didn’t). Check out maps....."