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 BaltimoreBrian:
Good to see you. One of my rare days off. So I slept in till the crack of 10.


Can't say I envy you. I work at Walmart, where I typically work nights. I can afford to sleep late on most days.

But when I have to wake up in the mornings, it's ****ing terrible.
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Good to see you. One of my rare days off. So I slept in till the crack of 10.
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Good pic up Koritheman.


Thanks. Glad to see you back, btw.
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Good pic up KoritheMan.
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


Oh hell yes. I slept in today, in fact.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Bro, you'll grow to value sleep when you have to work. I learned that the hard way.

I love sleep. On days off sleeping in feels so good.
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Heh. Wikipedia isn't completely blacked out after all.

Couple of entries still up.

Entry 1

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Noticed it too. Those tricksters!
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


That is where you want to keep your plethora!


I know. I'd feel so lost without it. :(
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Heh. Wikipedia isn't completely blacked out after all.

Couple of entries still up.

Entry 1

Entry 2
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Quoting KoritheMan:
In all seriousness though Rookie, I told you I would never have to deal with the consequences of erectile dysfunction. I'll stay sexually healthy even when I'm in my 50s! Watch me!


That is where you want to keep your plethora!
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Quoting SPLbeater:
I am going to sleep now. hmm. somebody answer this question for me: Why must we go to sleep?


Bro, you'll grow to value sleep when you have to work. I learned that the hard way.
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In all seriousness though Rookie, I told you I would never have to deal with the consequences of erectile dysfunction. I'll stay sexually healthy even when I'm in my 50s! Watch me!
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I am going to sleep now. hmm. somebody answer this question for me: Why must we go to sleep?
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


It's not the plethora you have to worry about. It's the other parts of the body that causes problems. ;-)


har har
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HeY aLl HeRe Is Link tO mY nEw BlOg.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I actually fear getting old, mostly because of the plethora of health problems that accompany it.

Granted, after my severe bout with depression, I've decided to take very good care of myself, so perhaps I can avoid that.


It's not the plethora you have to worry about. It's the other parts of the body that causes problems. ;-)
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Your question was answered: It doesn't make any sense.
One doesn't store salt by dumping it into the ocean. And ya don't store CO2 by dumping it into the atmosphere.

BTW: You also came up with an objection of something like
"Greenland is a part of Denmark. So there can be no territorial dispute [inregard to seabed mineral rights] between them" during a discussion about Arctic drilling.

Which is true only in the most superficial sense. Legally, things are much more complex:
1) Greenland is an autonomous state within the Kingdom of Denmark.
2) Greenlanders are internationally recognised as an independent peoples, including by Denmark.
3) Within the Kingdom, Greenlanders have local control over Greenland itself, while Denmark has retains control over its foreign policy... theoretically.
3a) Greenland and Denmark entered the EuropeanUnion as member states together circa 1980.
3b) A couple or three years later, Greenland independently withdrew from membership in the EU in a dispute over EU fishing regulations.

ie Greenland and Denmark already have different foreign policies:
Denmark is a EU member, while Greenland is not. Greenland already has laws differing from those of Denmark about their individual territorial waters.
Inregard to only fishing rights thus far, but the precedent has been set concerning Greenland's sovereignity over its waters.
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Quoting bappit:

Good example of #14 on the list of 38 ways to win an argument.

14. Try to bluff your opponent.
If he or she has answered several of your question without the answers turning out in favor of your conclusion, advance your conclusion triumphantly, even if it does not follow.

Only one problem you never answered the question. Because you can't honestly and you know it, so like any good politician you try and deflect the question. You remind me of a boy among men
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I need something to write a new blog on....topics, anybody?
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Quoting hydrus:
He is resourceful...He,s a polyglot too, he speaks about 100,000 languages..:0
That's not true, he never had that many wives.
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Quoting Grothar:


Your funny, Chicklit!

Ya funny, Chicklit!
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Quoting nymore:
well if burning fossil fuels or bio mass doesn't produce stored co2 than the AGWT is false. thank you for that. face it you have been pwned

Good example of #14 on the list of 38 ways to win an argument.

14. Try to bluff your opponent.
If he or she has answered several of your question without the answers turning out in favor of your conclusion, advance your conclusion triumphantly, even if it does not follow.

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Goodnight.
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Quoting sunlinepr:


With so many countries now with space programs and the ability to place satellites in orbit, I would not doubt that those sounds are some kind of orbital experiment... Looking to calibrate the perfect sound weapon...


Erm....how would that work exactly? There's no medium in orbit for which sound could travel through.
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Quoting hydrus:
lol Hello Xyrus.


Hello hydrus. :)
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Dude.... Even if you disagree with his views, what has he ever done to you personally. IMO he isn't a troll, but just a misguided kid who will grow up like me and realize the error of what he is saying. I mean, when I was 13 I thought some things that were totally false. I didn't really like when people tried to pick on me because of that for being different. So if you think he is a "sociopath" or a troll, go ahead and put him on ignore. But don't be rude about it.


He is on my ignore list, but his comments get quoted by others. And what I've seen hasn't exactly demonstrated good qualities.

My comment wasn't in regards to any disagreements over particular subjects, nor was it a response to any personal affront. I do agree that he isn't a troll, as he honestly seems to believe what he is saying, sadly enough.

My comment also was not "picking on him". His posts on the topic demonstrate sociopathic characteristics, primarily a lack of empathy. Perhaps his comments are taken out of context but logically I'm having a hard time resolving "his intentions are good" and "HA HA! Tree burns down and you're sad! Send me some firewood!".

His age is hardly an excuse for such comments, especially considering the membership of this blog. Contrast his behavior this with how Levi behaved/behaves on this board. Even Levi's early posts when he was little older than SPL showed maturity, courtesy and respect. If he did have anything negative to say he usually kept it to himself, even on controversial topics.

This isn't 4chan or some other teenage romper room where the tragedy of others is a source of amusement. There's no justification for posting such comments here. He can either grow up or shut up, preferably the former. Either that, or the admins will do it for him as I'm pretty sure they have a low tolerance for such childish and callous comments.
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Hey Gro.

Finally warming up.

Currently wearing flannel PJ bottoms, socks and long sleeve sweatshirt.
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Roll Tide! ;)
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Watch. Enjoy. And realize how very tiny and insignificant you really are.



Anyone have Atmo's old avatar gif? That is perspective.

Seriously. I saved it somewhere, but can't locate it.
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Quoting Grothar:


Is Estelle Parsons still alive?


And so is Ray Harryhausen...

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Quoting WxGeekVA:


No, that would be me. And my weather sucks as of recently.





both favor temperatures coming out of the "above average" range. NAO forecast looks nice for us in the east..thats if, you want colder weather of course:)
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Quoting Chicklit:
your: possessive pronoun
you're: you are (contraction)



Your funny, Chicklit!
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


dont you live in NOVA? there are no storms up there...


No, i am in central North Carolina. :D i heard thunder through my earbuds and cut the music
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HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

HAL has some of us beat easily...! ACK!
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Quoting bappit:


"doesn't burning fossil fuels or biomass produce the stored co2?"

Not sure what your question is. Your question does not really make sense.

"BTW direct question are you are douche. yes or no"

Yes, just imitating you.
well if burning fossil fuels or bio mass doesn't produce stored co2 than the AGWT is false. thank you for that. face it you have been pwned
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Quoting Grothar:


Is Estelle Parsons still alive?


Yes, Roseanne's mom is still alive.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Strange Sounds Rays Baseball Game evening of Earthquake East Coast U.S.


Here's a better one. Be patient at least for the first 30 seconds.



Downtown Atlanta had never been hit by a tornado in recorded history, much less during the final four of the SEC basketball tournament.

Arguably one of my best ... forecasts, for those who follow my curious apocalyptic artwork, because all you have to do is literally connect the dots, AND that inverted triangle, which just happened to be on a building that took a direct hit. The fact that building contained the weather symbol for tornadic winds, only added to the intrigue.

See the red balls(count them.)


The curious forecast Nov. 20, 2007




Here's the path that it took, and the aftermath ... and yes, that's the building depicted in my forecast called the Centennial Tower.




This is also the tornado that smashed CNN's headquarters.

Clairvoyant? Maybe ... or perhaps something better, because even the orientation to the observer in my forecast graphic, was correct. The tornado moved in front of the building, on the exact side as those four red balls were depicted.

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:




I miss Him and his er, Staff of,.. "Ladie's"
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Quoting Patrap:
er, dat should be Barney and Betty Hill.

: )



The Book was titled, "The Interrupted Journey".


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#557

Touche'
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Is Estelle Parsons still alive?
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Quoting nymore:
doesn't burning fossil fuels or biomass produce the stored co2?

BTW direct question are you are douche. yes or no


"doesn't burning fossil fuels or biomass produce the stored co2?"

Not sure what your question is. Your question does not really make sense.

"BTW direct question are you are douche. yes or no"

Yes, just imitating you.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


dont you live in NOVA? there are no storms up there...


No, that would be me. And my weather sucks as of recently.
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Your welcome.

: )
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
There are obviously more intelligent life forms out there besides our little blue marble. Ask Barney and Betty Hill.
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er, dat should be Barney and Betty Hill.

: )



The Book was titled, "The Interrupted Journey".
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Quoting SPLbeater:
OH MY GOSH!!! THUNDER OUTSIDE!!! WOOOOHOOO!!!!


dont you live in NOVA? there are no storms up there...
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Time to hit the hay. Night everyone.
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There are obviously more intelligent life forms out there besides our little blue marble. Ask Barney and Betty Hill.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


0.o
Actually that may be a conservative amount of planets seeing that some may have more than 1 like our solar system. Could be more like 150 billion planets.
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