Bill Read to retire as director of the National Hurricane Center

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:28 PM GMT on January 16, 2012

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Bill Read, the director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) since 2008, announced Saturday that he will be retiring on June 1, ending four and one-half years as the nation's most visible meteorologist. Read took the post of NHC director after Bill Proenza stepped down following a stormy six-month tenure where much of staff revolted against him. In the wake of the turmoil stirred up by Proenza, Read brought stability to the Hurricane Center. Conversations I've had with staff at NHC indicated that Read was an excellent manager of people, and was well-respected among his employees. His management ability, easy-going style, and solid communication skills made Read an excellent choice for director of NHC, and he will be missed. “I will have been in charge just shy of four and a half years on June 1,” Read wrote in a letter to hurricane center staff . “I had no idea I would ever be considered for such an honor. It’s been quite a ride and I’m blessed to hit the exit ramp in my career after working with you all.”

Previously, Read served as director of Houston's National Weather Service office, a post he took in 1992. Read was called in to work at NHC three times between 1992 and 2005 to help out with hurricane emergencies. Prior to his job in Houston, Read served in the U.S. Navy, where his duties included an assignment as an on-board meteorologist with the Hurricane Hunters. He began his career in 1977 with the National Weather Service test and evaluation division in Sterling, VA.


Figure 1. Bill Read at the National Hurricane Center forecast desk. Image credit: NOAA.

National Hurricane Center Directors:
Gordon Dunn, 1965 - 1967
Robert Simpson, 1967 - 1973
Neil Frank, 1973 - 1987
Bob Sheets, 1987 - 1995
Robert Burpee, 1995 - 1997
Jerry Jarrell, 1998 - 2000
Max Mayfield, 2000 - 2007
Bill Proenza, January - July, 2007
Ed Rappaport (interim), July 2007 - January 2008
Bill Read, 2008 - 2012

Who will the next director of NHC be?
The retirement of Bill Read means that a search for NHC's eleventh director must be complete before hurricane season arrives. While I haven't had time to ask them if they are interested, here are four candidates who would make excellent directors of NHC:

Dr. Ed Rappaport, Deputy Director of NHC since 2000. Dr. Rappaport served as interim director of NHC during the hurricane season of 2007, and did a great job. He did not want to be the permanent director, though, and it is uncertain if would want the position now. In a Q and A interview posted on the NHC web site last year, Dr. Rappaport said, "The responsibilities are immense and, to date, the circumstances have not been right for me to be the director full time. But I will consider it the next time the opportunity arises. For such a critical position, one which has such important responsibilities, great visibility, many challenges and the long periods of travel, everything has to be aligned right within your professional and personal life to make the commitment that is required to do the job well." I have to believe that if he wants the job, the next director of NHC will be Ed Rappaport.

James Franklin, Branch Chief of the NHC Hurricane Specialists Unit. Since 2008, Franklin has been responsible for the quality of hurricane forecasts coming out of NHC, a tough, high-pressure job that he has handled remarkably well. Before arriving at NHC, Mr. Franklin worked as a hurricane research scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division.

Dr. Chris Landsea, NHC Science and Operations Officer since 2005. Between 1995 - 2004, Dr. Landsea worked as a hurricane research scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division. Dr. Landsea has testified in front of Congress several times on the issue of hurricanes and global warming, and has excellent public communication skills.

Dr. Rick Knabb, tropical weather expert for the Weather Channel. Dr. Knabb served as a senior hurricane specialist at NHC from 2005 - 2008, then took a position as deputy director and director of operations of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and NWS Forecast Office in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2010, he joined the Weather Channel.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting yqt1001:


TEHENDZ OF WORLDZ!!!!!!

OVER9000 OF EVERYTHING!!!!!!!ALLINONESECOND!!!!!ONDEC21ST!!!!! !
LOLOL.A cat 6 will be making it's way twards our coast this summer over 150 degree sst tempetures.Pssss lol.I seriously think that if we had sst that hot we'll have fewer storms.IMO.
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Quoting charlottefl:
You could talk about past storms... (Just a thought)
Like Igor's beautiful appearence.it was nice to have a cat 4 out in the middle of the Atlantic not bothering anybody.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I want to know some people's opinion on the upcomming season and what they expect.


TEHENDZ OF WORLDZ!!!!!!

OVER9000 OF EVERYTHING!!!!!!!ALLINONESECOND!!!!!ONDEC21ST!!!!! !
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You could talk about past storms... (Just a thought)
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Quoting hydrus:
bible, tree,bible,,tree, bible,,tree,s with bibles hangin off the tree,s...oh, hello 115....
Hey hydrus.Gonna be a nasty morinig commute due to all that rain.It's going to be mild to :(.
Quoting SPLbeater:


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
I want to know some people's opinion on the upcomming season and what they expect.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Look at that HUGE tropical cyclone there in the Atlantic. Must have atleast Category 4 status:


Its approching the Windward Islands now, man what a big storm
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Look at that HUGE tropical cyclone there in the Atlantic. Must have atleast Category 4 status:
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Quoting hydrus:
Beer comes from grass and plants. God created the grass and plants. Therefor beer is made of God..


Indeed!!!
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Quoting washingtonian115:
MMMMM let's see what's on tap for tonight...Religion and a tree dying.Such interesting things for tonight...Anyone wanna talk about tropical weather even though no real tropical cyclones are around????


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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Quoting hydrus:
Beer comes from grass and plants. God created the grass and plants. Therefor beer is made of God..


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Quoting presslord:


yes...your allowed to come out....
Beer comes from grass and plants. God created the grass and plants. Therefor beer is made of God..
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Quoting washingtonian115:
And the same people that believe that their is no higher power belives the world will end in 2012.
I don't believe in either one. But that is my opinion and I do not expect it to be anyone else's.
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Quoting presslord:


well....when ya feel up to it...come out to the beach and I'll buy you and adult beverage...


Absolutely my friend!
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Quoting washingtonian115:
MMMMM let's see what's on tap for tonight...Religion and a tree dying.Such interesting things for tonight...Anyone wanna talk about tropical weather even though no real tropical cyclones are around????
bible, tree,bible,,tree, bible,,tree,s with bibles hangin off the tree,s...oh, hello 115....
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Quoting 1911maker:


a draw in other words. :)

We got done eating just after the first guy got ejected from the battle.

how many fist fights in the bars after words?

I am sure a few. I am not sure of any two teams or fans of said team that hate each other more than these two, including Alabama--Auburn, Vikings-Packers, BC-BU, and the many others. I went to the Fla.- Ga. football game in 2008 while working in Jax. That is kids play next to these to teams
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And the same people that believe that their is no higher power belives the world will end in 2012.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:
Presslord, your OK with me coming out of my room now?


yes...your allowed to come out....
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Quoting nash28:
Should have been, but no. Was misdiagnosed, which extended the misery an extra week. Finally got on the proper antibiotics, and that combined with more shots than I care to count, I finally beat it. Was sick from 26th of December till basically yesterday.


well....when ya feel up to it...come out to the beach and I'll buy you and adult beverage...
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MMMMM let's see what's on tap for tonight...Religion and a tree dying.Such interesting things for tonight...Anyone wanna talk about tropical weather even though no real tropical cyclones are around????
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Presslord, your OK with me coming out of my room now?
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Quoting nash28:
Howdy Press.

Not much. First day back at work after a 3 week stint with bacterial pneumonia. Yeah. Good times.


I've had viral pneumonia ~7 times. (Asthma doesn't help with that) and bacterial pneumonia once. (That was by far much worse than viral) 103-104 Degree fever for a week, dizzy, couldn't breathe. Not fun at all. Hope you're feeling better.
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Should have been, but no. Was misdiagnosed, which extended the misery an extra week. Finally got on the proper antibiotics, and that combined with more shots than I care to count, I finally beat it. Was sick from 26th of December till basically yesterday.
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Quoting nymore:
the beloved sioux friday the low life rodents saturday.


a draw in other words. :)

We got done eating just after the first guy got ejected from the battle.

how many fist fights in the bars after "words"?

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Quoting nash28:
Howdy Press.

Not much. First day back at work after a 3 week stint with bacterial pneumonia. Yeah. Good times.


Oh man!!!! Were you in the hospital?
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Quoting presslord:


Therefore, by your definition, Satan is a Christian...


no, complete opposite of Christian. he was ONCE an ANGEL. Satan hates all acts that favor God, which is why he severely hates me. hates all here, but drifting from the Lord is turning to Satan.

And thats not good :)
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Howdy Press.

Not much. First day back at work after a 3 week stint with bacterial pneumonia. Yeah. Good times.
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Quoting nash28:
Pardon the pun, but Jesus....

Really?? We're on to religion now? And I thought the politics was getting ridiculous.



Wassup neighbor?!?!?!
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Pardon the pun, but Jesus....

Really?? We're on to religion now? And I thought the politics was getting ridiculous.
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Quoting 1911maker:


Spoils sport, nothing else seems relevant at the moment. :)

speaking of things not relevant, who did win?
the beloved sioux friday the low life rodents saturday.
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Quoting nymore:
Can we quit talking about a made up higher power. I find it arrogant and ignorant to think what ever you believe is the truth and the rest of the people of the world are wrong for whatever they believe or not believe in.


Spoils sport, nothing else seems relevant at the moment. :)

speaking of things not relevant, who did win?
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Quoting SPLbeater:


Satan(Lucifer) was once one of God's angels. he was the best one, and he wanted to be better then God. a third of the angels were followers of him, and God cast them down to earth. those angels are now demons, and Lucifer is the Devil/Satan. so yes he once had a relationship with Christ.


My name is Satan!!!!
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Can we quit talking about a made up higher power. I find it arrogant and ignorant to think what ever you believe is the truth and the rest of the people of the world are wrong for whatever they believe or not believe in.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


Satan(Lucifer) was once one of God's angels. he was the best one, and he wanted to be better then God. a third of the angels were followers of him, and God cast them down to earth. those angels are now demons, and Lucifer is the Devil/Satan. so yes he once had a relationship with Christ.


Therefore, by your definition, Satan is a Christian...
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Quoting 1911maker:


chris·ti·an·i·ty/ˌkrisCHēˈanitē/
Noun:

The religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or its beliefs and practices. Christianity is today the world's...
Christian quality or character.

really really need a nun with a ruler, or I think a yard stick. one of the kind made from a oak rod.............as in spare the rod.............


thats a dictionary not a bible
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Quoting presslord:


ah....Satan had a relationship with Jesus Christ...


Satan(Lucifer) was once one of God's angels. he was the best one, and he wanted to be better then God. a third of the angels were followers of him, and God cast them down to earth. those angels are now demons, and Lucifer is the Devil/Satan. so yes he once had a relationship with Christ.
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Quoting bappit:
That's odd. I looked up the word senescence in Merriam-Webster and all I found was "see Grothar".


TREES

by: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


hydrus...hydrus....i am not being impersonal. i simply stated that its just a tree. no big deal.

Oand uh, dont got a religion. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ and ourselves. :D

Sorta feel like Tebow right now, but hey thats a good thing


chris·ti·an·i·ty/ˌkrisCHēˈanitē/
Noun:

The religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or its beliefs and practices. Christianity is today the world's...
Christian quality or character.

really really need a nun with a ruler, or I think a yard stick. one of the kind made from a oak rod.............as in spare the rod.............
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Quoting presslord:


ah....Satan had a relationship with Jesus Christ...



...as did Pilate, Judas Iscariot, and they guy who scourged Him...
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Quoting bappit:
I think killing revered trees is a way for people who feel extraordinarily weak and powerless to experience a moment of perverted grandeur. I know of several cases where it has happened. The trees at Auburn and Texas U. are two examples.
Perverted grandeur.....god thats funny
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Yore knot may king in knee cents.

You are not making any sense!
Time to go up the apples and pears!
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Quoting SPLbeater:


hydrus...hydrus....i am not being impersonal. i simply stated that its just a tree. no big deal.

Oand uh, dont got a religion. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ and ourselves. :D

Sorta feel like Tebow right now, but hey thats a good thing


ah....Satan had a relationship with Jesus Christ...
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Quoting PlazaRed:

First on the tree age thing:-
"A specimen of this species nicknamed "Methuselah" located in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of the White Mountains near Bishop, California is 4,842 years old."
Link:-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_longaeva
As the tree is on the American mainland and I assume that American experts have done the reports on it then I can not comment any further. I did hear a report of some trees that were up to 6,500 years old but some of the locations are kept secret to avoid the threats of human vandalism etc.
Over here in Europe nobody I have met recently in either the UK or Spain seems to even be aware of the impending end of the world allegedly stemming from a distant South American prophecy. There appears to be no corresponding evidence to the end being nigh over here, the main topic of interest {or rather lack of it financially,} is the impending demise of the Euro, a sort of European version of the Dollar which is a trifle stretched at the moment.
I will keep you informed if any dark horsemen, heavenly trumpets or outbreaks of grim reapers are seen west of the Urals.


Thanks for the thoughts/observations on the "end world" thing.

As to the end of the Euro, I have been watching that with more interest then the end of the world thing. The Euro coming to an end seems more likely at this point. Which my broker claims will be the end of the world. :)

any inside information on the Euro (do not tell the SEC) would be useful....
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Quoting hydrus:
The "tree" was 3500 years old. To me tree,s are really cool. For someone who is regularly branching out there views about religion and morality on a blog created exclusively for weather, I think you are being impersonal. Its like the tree beat up your favorite teddy or something.


hydrus...hydrus....i am not being impersonal. i simply stated that its just a tree. no big deal.

Oand uh, dont got a religion. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ and ourselves. :D

Sorta feel like Tebow right now, but hey thats a good thing
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Quoting presslord:


Excellent!! Your pretty funny...now...Go to you're room!!!!

Yore knot may king in knee cents.
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Quoting bappit:
I think killing revered trees is a way for people who feel extraordinarily weak and powerless to experience a moment of perverted grandeur. I know of several cases where it has happened. The trees at Auburn and Texas U. are two examples.


Starts with trees, then animals and finally other people....and wetting beds. ;)
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According to HAMweather, the last week has recorded 667 high temperature records tied or broken and 18 low temperature records tied or broken. This is 37 highs for every low. If this continues all summer, maybe by election day climate change will get mentioned by the candidates. Maybe...
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I think killing revered trees is a way for people who feel extraordinarily weak and powerless to experience a moment of perverted grandeur. I know of several cases where it has happened. The trees at Auburn and Texas U. are two examples.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?
The "tree" was 3500 years old. To me tree,s are really cool. For someone who is regularly branching out there views about religion and morality on a blog created exclusively for weather, I think you are being impersonal. Its like the tree beat up your favorite teddy or something.
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That's odd. I looked up the word senescence in Merriam-Webster and all I found was "see Grothar".
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Your kidding, right?


Excellent!! Your pretty funny...now...Go to you're room!!!!
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