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 petewxwatcher:
Dr. Chris Landsea would be a good choice for NHC director. If he took it I hope HURDAT would keep up their work. HURDAT has been taking a lot longer to reanalyze hurricanes that they originally planned.


Joe B. for NHC Director!!!
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
As long as La Nina is around Warmer than Normal will most likely be the norm? Maybe some cold air will come down south in February? I hope so I want a little winter before it gets hot here which seems to be most of the year unfortunately.


Here is the NAO and PNA. Both are unfavorable for cold weather here in the Eastern/Southeastern CONUS



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Quoting nymore:
Say sir do you know what Rau said to Blood Saturday night?


Huh?
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Quoting Neapolitan:
at this rate, 2011-2012 may go down as the "Year Without a Winter".

Houston had a bit of frost and west Texas had snow. Case closed.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?
I suspect that the God you believe in, who sees the fall of the sparrow might have noted the fate of The Senator. And mourned.
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Dr. Chris Landsea would be a good choice for NHC director. If he took it I hope HURDAT would keep up their work. HURDAT has been taking a lot longer to reanalyze hurricanes that they originally planned.
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HeY gUeSs WhAt GuYs, I hAvE a NeW bLoG oUt. Link tO iT
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Quoting SPLbeater:


just saying. its in comunity standards cuz their are lots n lots of kids that come here without acounts for info about the weather.
Jumping Jehosophat! You must lead a sheltered (confined) existence. Sad actually.
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Some of the news stories about the Senator tree say it was a slow burning fire triggered by a lightning strike last week. Some say it was arson. They'll soon have it figured out.
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Quoting 1911maker:


You can hope so, but I would not recommend holding your breath. :)

I will say I am liking the warm up here, but the possible ramifications of what it means, not so much.

The last two years we got flooded, now the talk is "are we going to get a drought?".

.......... but then, as the end is nigh, its all good right? :)
Say sir do you know what Rau said to Blood Saturday night?
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
As long as La Nina is around Warmer than Normal will most likely be the norm? Maybe some cold air will come down south in February? I hope so I want a little winter before it gets hot here which seems to be most of the year unfortunately.


You can hope so, but I would not recommend holding your breath. :)

I will say I am liking the warm up here, but the possible ramifications of what it means, not so much.

The last two years we got flooded, now the talk is "are we going to get a drought?".

.......... but then, as the end is nigh, its all good, right? :)
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Quoting 1911maker:


Winter got here in ND. 5 F in Grand Forks right now. Low of -20 F forecast for Wednesday night. I see Neo posted some temp graphs earlier and it looks like the low temps will not last long though. Back to warm and strange I guess.

Rookie; murder is if you kill some one in your own tribe, killing some one not of your own tribe is a fine thing.

Presslord: no, the tree (the Senator) did not commit suicide, the "Great Earth Spirit" is displeased and is sending a warning to those of the same name, the world over.
As long as La Nina is around Warmer than Normal will most likely be the norm? Maybe some cold air will come down south in February? I hope so I want a little winter before it gets hot here which seems to be most of the year unfortunately.
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Is anyone having any Winter? Low here 60 high 75 under cloudy skies, not much rain here the past month in South Central Texas, just lots of wind but very little winter. Since we are having such a warm winter wonder what Spring and Summer holds for us? Please not another 100 days of 100 degree heat. :)


Winter got here in ND. 5 F in Grand Forks right now. Low of -20 F forecast for Wednesday night. I see Neo posted some temp graphs earlier and it looks like the low temps will not last long though. Back to warm and strange I guess.

Rookie; murder is if you kill some one in your own tribe, killing some one not of your own tribe is a fine thing.

Presslord: no, the tree (the Senator) did not commit suicide, the "Great Earth Spirit" is displeased and is sending a warning to those of the same name, the world over.
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93S is in bottom left corner
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Quoting presslord:
Have we ruled out the possibility that the tree committed suicide?


It was Professor Plum in the Kitchen with the Candlestick!!!
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Winter 2011-12 is lost to Novelty..as we head down towards the Singularity.
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Is anyone having any Winter? Low here 60 high 75 under cloudy skies, not much rain here the past month in South Central Texas, just lots of wind but very little winter. Since we are having such a warm winter wonder what Spring and Summer holds for us? Please not another 100 days of 100 degree heat. :)
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At work today, wait n till 5:30 to hit
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If serious about their writing,one needs a good spell checka'

: )
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On Firefox it shows what is misspelled, but didn't catch the extra F needed
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....Im using the "preview" mo and mo as I escalate up the Age step's.
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Quoting Patrap:
Pi$$ of the Gods, and boy are they coming...


...er,....Rita, ya might wanna toss in another "F"..on dat un..


oops
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Pi$$ of the Gods, and boy are they coming...


...er,....Rita, ya might wanna toss in another "F"..on dat un..
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Somewhere I have heard that the taking of a life is murder. ... Where did I hear that from?

I agree, nymore, saying that a tree was murdered is taking it a bit to the extremes. Arson seems to have been quickly ruled out. At least according to the article. Still, why this one tree among so many others?


ik right thats a nice tree maybe i should cut it down for firewood next spring
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Somewhere I have heard that the taking of a life is murder. ... Where did I hear that from?

I agree, nymore, saying that a tree was murdered is taking it a bit to the extremes. Arson seems to have been quickly ruled out. At least according to the article. Still, why this one tree among so many others?


Pi$$ off the Gods, and boy are they coming...
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Quoting nymore:
The tree was murdered? Where do you come up with this stuff


Somewhere I have heard that the taking of a life is murder. ... Where did I hear that from?

I agree, nymore, saying that a tree was murdered is taking it a bit to the extremes. Arson seems to have been quickly ruled out. At least according to the article. Still, why this one tree among so many others?
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On Nature and the Environment


J. Krishnamurti

First Public Talk in Saanen

July 1975

I suppose one must talk. There are not only personal problems, and the world in which we live is becoming more and more dangerous for all living things. And it seems to me that very few of us are able to meet the challenge completely and totally, and during these talks here we are going, if we can, in detail into the many problems. These problems are not separate, they are interrelated; if one wishes to solve one's own personal problems apart from the problem of existence as a whole, I am afraid we shall not be able to find the correct answer.

So we must, if we may, consider the whole structure of our society and civilisation in which we live. We are not only concerned with the economic, social problems, political, as well as all the problems that we have to face every day: livelihood, the enormous amount of suffering that's going on in the world, the deterioration of human morality, his behaviour, the problems of fear, pleasure and the very complex problem of not only individual suffering, but the suffering of humanity.

And then there is the problem of death, love and if there is any truth or all the realities we have to face are so enormous that we have neither the time, the inclination or the energy to find out for ourselves if there is, or if there is not, a truth which when grasped or understood or related that truth will perhaps absolve all our problems. This is what we are going to talk over together during these three or four weeks. So it is not a diversion, an entertainment, something that you listen to for an hour and forget all about it afterwards, but it is something that we have to consider very seriously, give our minds and heart to understand the extraordinary complex problem of our existence.
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Have we ruled out the possibility that the tree committed suicide?
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Quoting nymore:
The tree was murdered? Where do you come up with this stuff

The dictionary. The Senator was A) a living thing that B) didn't keel over from old age.

Anyway, those of you wishing for some real winter weather can always head to Alaska:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
251 PM AKST SUN JAN 15 2012

...ANOTHER COLD DAY IN THE INTERIOR...

THE LOW TEMPERATURE AT THE FAIRBANKS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT THIS
MORNING WAS 48 BELOW ZERO AT 440 AM THIS MORNING. ALTHOUGH
COLD...IT IS FAR SHY OF THE RECORD LOW OF 64 BELOW WHICH WAS SET
IN 1934. THE ALL-TIME RECORD LOW AT FAIRBANKS WAS RECORDED ON
JANUARY 14TH 1934 WITH A LOW OF 66 BELOW.

THE TEMPERATURE AT THE FAIRBANKS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DROPPED TO
48 BELOW LAST EVENING...AND AGAIN EARLY THIS MORNING. THIS IS THE
LOWEST TEMPERATURE OBSERVED AT THE AIRPORT IN NEARLY 4 YEARS...AND
SINCE FEBRUARY 10TH 2008 WHEN THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS ALSO 48
BELOW. THE LAST TIME THE TEMPERATURE AT THE AIRPORT DROPPED TO 50
BELOW WAS BACK IN 2006 WHEN A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 51 BELOW WAS
OBSERVED ON JANUARY 27TH.

HERE ARE SOME LOW TEMPERATURES SO FAR TODAY IN THE FAIRBANKS AREA:

NORTH POLE (KJNP)................56 BELOW
FAIRBANKS INTERNATIONAL..........48 BELOW
EIELSON AFB......................46 BELOW
UAF WESTRIDGE....................42 BELOW

HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL LOW TEMPERATURES SO FAR ACROSS THE
INTERIOR:

ARCTIC VILLAGE...................54 BELOW
TANANA...........................53 BELOW
BETTLES..........................52 BELOW
EAGLE............................51 BELOW
FORT YUKON.......................49 BELOW
NENANA...........................48 BELOW
NORTHWAY.........................47 BELOW
DELTA JUNCTION...................44 BELOW
MCGRATH..........................44 BELOW

As for me, Naples works just fine. 72 now, upper 70s tomorrow and Wednesday...
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Well, not damaged, but killed. And look at it this way: that tree had already been through 1,500 or so Florida hurricane seasons by the time Jesus is alleged to have been born. So to borrow your wording: people not mourning a 35-centuries-old tree that was murdered; what is this world coming to?
The tree was murdered? Where do you come up with this stuff
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Investigator: Fire that destroyed 'The Senator' was not arson

LONGWOOD — The cause of an early morning fire in Seminole County that destroyed one of the world's oldest cypress trees remained a mystery Monday, but an investigator is convinced it was not the work of an arsonist.
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Quoting windwardsnow:

There you go, starting yet again. Why do you like to get under people's skin and start holy wars?

Uh--what?
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This should be fun(watches from the background and eats popcorn).
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Quoting SPLbeater:
People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?

Well, not damaged, but killed. And look at it this way: that tree had already been through 1,500 or so Florida hurricane seasons by the time Jesus is alleged to have been born. So to borrow your wording: people not mourning a 35-centuries-old tree that was murdered; what is this world coming to?
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Quoting caribbean77:
Read did a great job during his tenure. His experience in weather has been well recognized.

What are meteorologist predicted for the hurricane season this 2012. We saw a quiet on in St. Lucia and the trend is, if the year begins with showers the ocean stays cool and act as a detractor for hurricane type weather.
Well looks like La nina is dying,and we could have nutreal conditions or weak el nino for the season.I mean we are using the cursed name list this year.
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Read did a great job during his tenure. His experience in weather has been well recognized.

What are meteorologist predicted for the hurricane season this 2012. We saw a quiet on in St. Lucia and the trend is, if the year begins with showers the ocean stays cool and act as a detractor for hurricane type weather.
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People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Does D---- work then??


yes. i mean we know wat u r saying with that but some other kids probably dont and wont which is good.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


just saying. its in comunity standards cuz their are lots n lots of kids that come here without acounts for info about the weather.
Does D---- work then??
Quoting RitaEvac:
Florida shall be ravaged by hurricanes this year
I did an interesting research this weekend and found some interesting things about Florida's luck the last few seasons.
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Looking at the drought monitor right now and noticed something. It appears that just about every major fruit and vegetable producing area (with the exceptions of Michigan and New York) is in or near a drought situation. It just makes a big 'U' shape from Washington down to California and across to Florida up to Virginia. I understand that there's a good chance it will change somewhat by spring I don't see how this can fair well for much of the West as they are so much more dependent on winter snow for irrigation. Not to mention fruit and vegetable prices in the store come this spring. Might be high time for a lot of people to start a garden.

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3,500 year old tree that sheltered the land, and now mighty storms shall blooooow alllll your trees down with no protection from the burning sun that will follow thy storms, and the cycle will repeat over and over
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Florida shall be ravaged by hurricanes this year
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Quoting swampdawg:

Just read the story and it says that arson WAS the culprit. It just disgusts me to no end that somebody actually, intentionally did this. What is wrong with people. I mean, my God, what is WRONG with people!!
The Senator in 1967. It is hard to believe that this tree has lasted through 3500 years of storms and hurricanes, only to have the top knocked off by the 1925 hurricane ( which was not that strong ) and then burned down by some idiot with a pile of fricken twigs......Unbelievable..
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Quoting washingtonian115:
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just saying. its in comunity standards cuz their are lots n lots of kids that come here without acounts for info about the weather.
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Quoting mossyhead:
Maybe he wants to retire. People do that you know.
I know people retire.....
Quoting WxGeekVA:


Agree 10000%. This is extremely unusual having this little snow in a winter, and unless we get some soon this may go into he record books....
We should do a snow dance.You know something the native americans did when they needed rain.
Quoting biloxibob:
looks this could be the year with no winter.
That won't be surprising.I mean look at the sst for an example.Except for them cooling their warming.Strange indeed.
Quoting SPLbeater:


hey uh washingtonian...could you please try and keep the language to a minimum?
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Quoting swampdawg:

Just read the story and it says that arson WAS the culprit. It just disgusts me to no end that somebody actually, intentionally did this. What is wrong with people. I mean, my God, what is WRONG with people!!


I have a fascinating answer to that question, but unfortunately this blog is too small to contain to it.
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Ancient trees catching on fire from within, as changes are approaching
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Some sad news out of Florida: "The Senator"--the largest native tree in the state, the largest tree in the U.S. east of the Mississippi, and at 3,500 years of age, the fifth oldest tree on the planet--caught fire and burned to the ground today. Arson had been suspected, but the Orlando Sentinel says that has been ruled out.

3,500 years. Gone. Bummer...

Just read the story and it says that arson WAS the culprit. It just disgusts me to no end that somebody actually, intentionally did this. What is wrong with people. I mean, my God, what is WRONG with people!!
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