Breed is, like our Sewer Treatment Bay Outfalls, full of shit

Mayor Breed Claimed SF Wasn't Warned About Last Week's Big Storm. The National Weather Service Says Otherwise.

"We were under the impression [by the National Weather Service] that we could anticipate not even an inch of rain [that weekend]," Breed said at an emergency press conference Tuesday afternoon. "The information we had was not sufficient in helping us prepare in the capacity we needed to respond to this issue."

But NWS had alerted local officials and broadcast media as far back as Dec. 21 of "a significant rain event that would bring high impacts and hazardous conditions."

Susan Buchanan, a spokesperson for the National Weather Service, said that forecasters even emailed daily briefings to the Mayor's Office and attended the virtual citywide planning meeting for New Year's Eve on Dec. 28.

By Dec. 29, NWS raised the threat level for heavy rain on New Year's Eve in San Francisco to high -- forecasting for 2 to 3 inches of rain, with the potential for up to 6 inches in surrounding areas.

Then, a day before the massive storm arrived, it warned: "This will be a dynamic and potent system ... Expect rain rates to intensify, with periods of heavy rain to develop overnight tonight and through midday on New Year's Eve."

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9 Responses:

  1. 1

    Why do these dipshits lie about stuff that's so easy to disprove?

  2. B says:

    I live in San Diego, and our local NWS office must tweet 10 times a day with weather updates during storms. Incredibly accurate! Incredibly detailed and helpful!! And it took me "LMGTFY" seconds to find @NWSBayArea. I am shocked, but it turns out they ALSO post updates on Twitter literally every few hours! Who knew??
    I mean, it is said the Kochs of the world have their own proprietary weather prediction models. But the US federal government? Actually pretty good at this too because, well, aviation, marine, travel, economy, everything. Nothing was less of a surprise than this recent storm.
    Lying about it is a weird flex, but we truly live in a post-truth / post-facts world where partisan allegiance matters and literally nothing else does. So why not just look your very best?

  3. Michael says:

    Not being aware of SFO’s municipal politics: How did she get elected? Was she the best of the worst or was there something else going on?

    • jwz says:

      The the last mayor died in office and she was next in line. Then as the incumbent she won (re-)election. She's the latest figurehead of the criminal organization that has owned the SF Mayor's Office since at least 1995.

      I mean, this town was founded by pirates, so it's a long tradition, really.

      • Michael says:

        Ah, thanks. That fills in some blanks.

      • Eric TF Bat says:

        The colony of New South Wales, aka Australia, was run for many years by the highly irregular colonial militia, not in a "welcome to the Glorious People's Democratic Republic of ____" way, but in a "he's the governor but if he doesn't make sure the barracks are well supplied with rum and prostitutes, he'll be the LATE governor" way.  While many things have improved in the couple of hundred years since, there is still a strong sense that a criminal mob with their eyes on the main prize are really behind every state government decision.

        It is curiously comforting to me to know that Sydney's problems are not unique, and over on the far side of the world there are others who know the same pain.

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