Louis Uchelini witnessed dangerous storms – one of the most famous political and meteorological events – and he survived. He now retires eight years later, leading the National Weather Service.
Uklini will step down at the end of the year after 43 years of research, forecasting and weather forecasting due to political turmoil following a change in the White House climate change forecast.
After learning how to speak on the island of Long Island in the 1960s, Hurricane Donna began talking about the clouds and the snow on the earth. It made him a geographer. He then authored more than 70 scientific studies and books to help create a system for winter storms.
Euclini 72 spoke to the Associated Press about the era – including a clash with the Trump administration over a hurricane forecast, his love for hurricanes and efforts to reduce the effects of severe weather. Discussion on the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in New York Adjusted for comparison and length.
Q: The weather service has improved its forecasts over the years, but these findings are often exacerbated by climate change. Annoying?
A: We are not upset by this, it is the one who brings us to work every day. We want to do better. We want to be able to work in this new climate. And it’s not just floods. It’s not just hurricanes. It’s not just bad weather and skiing. Check the fire weather. We used to have hot weather. We now have a year of fiery weather.
What I can do and what the weather service is up to is to deal with natural phenomena as we know it, to learn more about them, to be able to connect with the people who really need to cope. Reduce impact.
We have a social issue here in which the infrastructure in New York City, southwest of Nashville, can travel in three inches of rain in three inches., Tennessee. Is the infrastructure ready for these waves? It does not seem so.
Q: During Hurricane Doria, then President Donald Trump made a mistake when he was actually heading to the East Coast. Someone in the White House used a sharp point to relate Dorian’s predictions to the president. Alabama weather meteorologists disagree with the president, and he is disciplined. What was Sharpiegate Like you?
Answer: I immediately realized that this would be the greatest leadership I have ever had and will never have.
(Public condemnation) I received a call for respect ten minutes before his release. And I said, “This is not going to go down well.” So we had to follow him (the Alabama office meteorologist) through his private cell to make sure I had my back.
Q: That was Friday night. Coincidentally, you are scheduled to speak at the Alabama Climate Conference on Monday morning. And publicly thanked Alabama meteorologists have done the right thing and are in conflict with the White House. Were you worried?
A: I was ready to be fired for opposing the White House. I did not use the word White House and I did not use the word President.
Q: How did they show interest in the weather?
Answer: The moment I realized that this was what I had been doing all my life was 1960. Hurricane Donna was just around the corner. And then in December 1960 we had a huge hurricane.
And then we had a January 1961 hurricane, hitting another 15, 16 inches of ice on Long Island. And then we found the storm from February 2 to 4, which threw two feet. And get this, the ski is broken at the end of the road.
Q – Which weather app on your phone?
Answer – I have no apps on my phone. I use the weather service and other inputs, but I can tell you, my wife has weather apps on her phone and she shows me some things and says “OK”.
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