Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and literally reshaped the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The scope of the human toll is still being revealed, but will certainly be tragic. The ultimate monetary toll will certainly be astronomical.

So why are people still arguing over advance forecasts for the hurricane, in a skirmish whose noise is overpowering the recovery efforts, in which Alabama is a key player and which actually ensnared the state’s King of Weather, James Spann?

It’s politics, naturally, magnified by an attitude that anything is fair game, and walking away from a fight or admitting error is a sign of weakness, a blow to the ego or chum in the water for one’s enemies.

The scenario: On Sept. 1, President Donald Trump tweeted that Alabama was one of the states that “most likely will be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Dorian.

Actually, the only time Alabama was ever officially mentioned in connection with Dorian, according to a timeline compiled by Politico, was in an Aug. 30 National Hurricane Center forecast on the potential of tropical storm winds at any location during a five-day period. It had Alabama at 11 percent; that disappeared from subsequent reports.

On Aug. 28, according to Politico, the NHC’s composite image of various computer models — weather aficionados are familiar with that multi-colored spaghetti — showed some models sending Dorian into the Gulf of Mexico where it conceivably could’ve been a threat to Alabama.

Again, weather aficionados know those models aren’t carved on tablets using rock from Mount Sinai. They’re data from a computer, which trained meteorologists use as a tool in compiling forecasts. Those folks had a pretty good idea on Sept. 1 where Dorian was going, and it wasn’t Alabama.

Trump’s enemies, of course, added his tweet to the list of what they see as his “lies.” Objectively, we doubt he has more than an “is it raining, do I need my umbrella” interest in the weather. Most likely, he tweeted something he’d seen, but didn’t understand, because tweeting is what he does, to the cheers of his supporters and the annoyance of his enemies. (We’ve spoken our piece on his Twitter usage; he is what he is there.) We also doubt he has a clue on how sensitive people in Alabama are to weather talk. (Spann defended Alabama’s National Weather Service office for immediately disagreeing with Trump’s tweet.)

Trump then fired back — as he’s prone to do, again to the cheers of his supporters who don’t want his enemies unanswered or unowned — with a Sept. 4 press appearance where he displayed an NHC track and intensity cone on which someone had used a marker to extend that cone to include Alabama (which was never in one).

That was ill advised and fuel on a fire that already was way too hot. What’s followed has been a metaphoric hurricane of charges, counter charges, accusations of people being pressured to fall in line behind the accuracy of Trump’s original tweet, more investigations instead of legislating and fears that people will lose faith in weather forecasts if they’re politicized.

Those fears aren’t misplaced and we hope this particular “wind storm” dissipates, quickly. We’re not optimistic, though. Election year looms.