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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Well, this is the first time i have been able to observe real-time VIL data in thunderstorms. and i think it is CoOoOoOoOl lol
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Quoting Grothar:


Wow, I just figured out that my Sears card was already 40 years old when you were born.
The Sun was 40 years old when u were born....Hello Gro..:)
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Quoting petewxwatcher:


It's actually slightly worse than that. It's 4% exponential. So a 5 degree warming would increase water vapor 21.6% and a 10 degree warming would increase water vapor 48%.


....thanx.

I'm mo a Fry Cook/Saucier and Baker anyway.

: )
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Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:


30 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China.

Link

10 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China

Link


Fire clouds have nothing to do with earthquakes, and belong to the same family as sundogs and halos. They're actually pretty common across the planet. However, they are striking, so if some event happens at the same time people have a tendency to connect them.

For example, a number of people believed that hurricane Irene caused the Virginia quake last year. That's a pretty big leap considering Isabell, which was admittedly worse for the area, did not cause so much as a tremor. The logical fallacy here in both cases is post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
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Quoting Patrap:
The Formula is that a 1 percent increase in Global Temp Fahrenheit, creates a 4% increase in WV.


Imagine, 8%, 12,16, 20%, increase and what that one driver alone does.

Chaos.



It's actually slightly worse than that. It's 4% exponential. So a 5 degree warming would increase water vapor 21.6% and a 10 degree warming would increase water vapor 48%.
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Quoting Dragod66:


yeah... those be some true florida canes! :) Our trees could not handle that... they couldnt handle 105 ~ snapped like toothpicks!
I wont go into it, but it was a heart-wrenching experience. Hardest thing to see your friends, neighbors and animals suffer.
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Uploaded by askwestley on Oct 3, 2006


Video taken by Guerra Family after Hurricane Katrina.

Chalmette, LA.



The Last one minute is worth the listen,

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One theory,or Hypothesis was briefly Posted on a USGS Blog, by a USGS scientist stated that this may be a Large Global resonance signaling a Eruptive, event. A Off scale event maybe.

No description of event was made.

Then,well,I saw it at round 10 am CDT, and by Noon when I went to get the Link and comment quote, it was gone.

"Eeew, wee, woooooooooooooo".......
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Quoting Skyepony:
The talk of the odd noises & earthquakes makes me wunder what IR sat looks like during the sounds. There is something about how molecules can line up before a quake..disturbs the whole field ground & above. It can be seen on IR like it's raining but it's not. Just picking up on the "earthquake weather". Odd though is noises haven't been so associated with this in the past.

What we've heard hear is more of a traveling rumble..not the other noise we are hearing in some of these youtubes.

& on the note of upsetting little girls with it. One here was totally disturbed by it without knowing what it was.


As far as I can tell, there hasn't been any reputable information on these strange "sounds" supposedly being reported. I found a couple of stories that ended up being tracked down to industrial centers with poor damping (resonant frequencies and all that).

The sounds in the videos would not be coming from within the planet at any rate. They are far too harmonic and the Earth's crust is a poor medium to carry such sounds.

If anything, they would be an aerial phenomena and given the supposed omni-directional nature of the sound it would probably be an object with some elevation. The regular wave of the pattern would suggest an almost sonar like phenomena, and in fact the wave pattern reminds me of what a slowed down sonar wave/echo might sound like. Almost sounds like a weird sort of whale song.

One thing that does appear to be a common trait is that the origins of these videos and articles seem to be UFO/Rapture/Apocalypse types of sites/people, so I'd take any such claims of this phenomena with a huge block of salt.
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Quoting hydrus:
105 is dangerous. Hurricane Charley was the fastest wind I,ve seen. Jeanne definitely the longest duration of hurricane winds....We were absolutely spent by the time she moved out.


yeah... those be some true florida canes! :) Our trees could not handle that... they couldnt handle 105 ~ snapped like toothpicks!
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Quoting Dragod66:


Highest I've seen was 105mph or 170kph :0
105 is dangerous. Hurricane Charley was the fastest wind I,ve seen. Jeanne definitely the longest duration of hurricane winds....We were absolutely spent by the time she moved out.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

I know, right? Everyone expects ME to be the resident asshole of these here parts. But hydrus? Come on!
I just found a couple of his posts rather haughty. I was not trying to insult anyone. I like your cut thru the b.s. posts here. Time is short, and we have a lot of posts to type..:)
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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.
My Grandmother died last year at age 102. I do not want to live to be that old either. Retired 2 years ago at age 52 and i have lost 25 lbs since i retired, i work outside alot and try my best to stay away from the bad foods.
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The second man learned to control fire is the time we changed the atmosphere and I am pretty sure that was more than 100 years ago Patrap.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Dude, we're on a site that weather nerds are inherent to. Naturally such people will seem abundant.

In relative terms, however, we are a small minority.
Actually there are a lot more than you expect, one day I believe there were 1.2 million people chasing in a sever weather event over OK in 2010. But I was just playing with you anyway.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
What storm was that from?


Juan - 2003
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Quoting Dragod66:


Highest I've seen was 105mph or 170kph :0
What storm was that from?
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I'm a serious weather nerd when it comes to hurricanes.I helped my duaghter win 3rd place in the science fair last year(she would've been second if her partner didn't srew it up).
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I have to admit that a 80mph wouldn't be to bad...


Highest I've seen was 105mph or 170kph :0
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Lol not to rare :D.


Dude, we're on a site that weather nerds are inherent to. Naturally such people will seem abundant.

In relative terms, however, we are a small minority.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'm one of those rare freaks of nature that like to experience weather as dangerous as possible, so I agree.
I'am to.I would've killed to be down in charley's eye wall when he was comming over Punta Gorda Florida.And film Katrina's storm surge.I chased Irene.That was fun.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'm one of those rare freaks of nature that like to experience weather as dangerous as possible, so I agree.
Lol not to rare :D.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
For people that have never witnessed a hurricane have asked "what does it feel like to be in one?".Well 1)It sounds like a big fan outside or like how many people refere it to a sreamming train.2).When you go outside it feels freaking good actually even though it looks cold in videos.3)Take shelter please and have a emergency kit ready.4)Please don't have the rain hit your face it stings.5)You can do incredible staunts in the wind but as said earlier if your not a professinol please take shelter.


6. Make sure if you stay don't stay too close to a surge area.

Quoting KoritheMan:


In that sense I suppose we have modified the weather.

Even if I'm mistaken and we are indeed capable of weather modification, I can't help but think the consequences would be disastrous.


I agree.
Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Off topic: In 100 years there is a 90% chance of human race conquering the singularity. What do you guys think of this? I really just don't see this happening in 100 years. Story: Link



Very interesting article, and a lot of that sounds feasable.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I have to admit that a 80mph wouldn't be to bad...


I'm one of those rare freaks of nature that like to experience weather as dangerous as possible, so I agree.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


To be fair, he managed to churn out periodic episodes of tropical storm force winds, so I suppose that alone justifies submitting the footage to YouTube.

But he didn't meet my standards. ;)
I have to admit that a 80mph wouldn't be to bad...
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Quoting SPLbeater:

yeah, i be turning 13 soon(8 days). i can upload a picture of my biceps if anybody wants...LOL


Wow, I just figured out that my Sears card was already 40 years old when you were born.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
hater's are going to hate.And friends are going to....I gopt nothing.Lol. Nah maybe when your older.But for now keep personal photos of any other body part except for your face off the internet especially this site(I'm a mother myself).


i never have uploaded a picture of myself to anything but my computer photos, partly parental rules and me bein careful :D

and with the hater thing, you can NEVER be popular and not have haters. somebody always disaggrees with somebody it seems. lol
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Any chance of a southern snow storm in the foreseeable future? Its so strange only having to pull out the jacket 2 or 3 times this year.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Was Lee that pathetic??.I mean Bonnie was practically a fart and she still got film on youtube.I'm sure Lee wouldn't mind his chance of youtube success :).


To be fair, he managed to churn out periodic episodes of tropical storm force winds, so I suppose that alone justifies submitting the footage to YouTube.

But he didn't meet my standards. ;)
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Quoting Patrap:
The Formula is that a 1 percent increase in Global Temp Fahrenheit, creates a 4% increase in WV.


Imagine, 8%, 12,16, 20%, increase and what that one driver alone does.

Chaos.

Means the blog is gonna get a lot busier.
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The Formula is that a 1 percent increase in Global Temp Fahrenheit, creates a 4% increase in WV.


Imagine, 8%, 12,16, 20%, increase and what that one driver alone does.

Chaos.

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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Idk. Its not true immortality, just from illness and nature decay. Plus you never know till you try. I also cant get over how useful this would be for space travel. Time becomes void and the area we could cover and discover is infinite.


It may be useful in some circumstances. I guess it comes down to how much you value space exploration in your example. I personally find the idea fascinating, but definitely don't care enough to artificially extend my lifespan for that purpose.

If it ever looks like we have invested enough in the space program so that space travel is feasible, then I'll be happy simply knowing that my descendants will have experienced it in some form.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I tried filming Lee last year, but the footage was hardly worth keeping.
Was Lee that pathetic??.I mean Bonnie was practically a fart and she still got film on youtube.I'm sure Lee wouldn't mind his chance of youtube success :).
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Quoting KoritheMan:


In that sense I suppose we have modified the weather.

Even if I'm mistaken and we are indeed capable of weather modification, I can't help but think the consequences would be disastrous.
Curiosity is a killer. Never know till you try. One day that fatal attraction will bring us to our knees.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


In that sense I suppose we have modified the weather.

Even if I'm mistaken and we are indeed capable of weather modification, I can't help but think the consequences would be disastrous.
\

They are.


And there are consequences.

Global Climate Change Indicators
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Climatic Data Center


How do we know the Earth's climate is warming?

Thousands of land and ocean temperature measurements are recorded each day around the globe. This includes measurements from climate reference stations, weather stations, ships, buoys and autonomous gliders in the oceans. These surface measurements are also supplemented with satellite measurements.

These measurements are processed, examined for random and systematic errors, and then finally combined to produce a time series of global average temperature change. A number of agencies around the world have produced datasets of global-scale changes in surface temperature using different techniques to process the data and remove measurement errors that could lead to false interpretations of temperature trends.

The warming trend that is apparent in all of the independent methods of calculating global temperature change is also confirmed by other independent observations, such as the melting of mountain glaciers on every continent, reductions in the extent of snow cover, earlier blooming of plants in spring, a shorter ice season on lakes and rivers, ocean heat content, reduced arctic sea ice, and rising sea levels.



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Quoting KoritheMan:


What can I say? At least we have the luxury of making enemies. Always a fun pastime.
hater's are going to hate.And friends are going to....I gopt nothing.Lol.
Quoting SPLbeater:

yeah, i be turning 13 soon(8 days). i can upload a picture of my biceps if anybody wants...LOL
Nah maybe when your older.But for now keep personal photos of any other body part except for your face off the internet especially this site(I'm a mother myself).
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Quoting Patrap:
We've been modifying and terra-forming the atmo for over 100 years ..and more.





In that sense I suppose we have modified the weather.

Even if I'm mistaken and we are indeed capable of weather modification, I can't help but think the consequences would be disastrous.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I don't even think I'd choose it then.

Immortality is worse than death.
Idk. Its not true immortality, just from illness and nature decay. Plus you never know till you try. I also cant get over how useful this would be for space travel. Time becomes void and the area we could cover and discover is infinite.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
For people that have never witnessed a hurricane have asked "what does it feel like to be in one?".Well 1)It sounds like a big fan outside or like how many people refere it to a sreamming train.2).When you go outside it feels freaking good actually even though it looks cold in videos.3)Take shelter please and have a emergency kit ready.4)Please don't have the rain hit your face it stings.5)You can do incredible staunts in the wind but as said earlier if your not a professinol please take shelter.


I tried filming Lee last year, but the footage was hardly worth keeping.
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For people that have never witnessed a hurricane have asked "what does it feel like to be in one?".Well 1)It sounds like a big fan outside or like how many people refere it to a sreamming train.2).When you go outside it feels freaking good actually even though it looks cold in videos.3)Take shelter please and have a emergency kit ready.4)Please don't have the rain hit your face it stings.5)You can do incredible staunts in the wind but as said earlier if your not a professinol please take shelter.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Neither would I, but that would mainly be because I would lose everyone I know and love, if everyone I know is going through with it I might as well, plus could come very useful if your traveling in space.


I don't even think I'd choose it then.

Immortality is worse than death.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I think some bloggers would disagree to that title :).My sarcasm can make people go insane at times XD.


What can I say? At least we have the luxury of making enemies. Always a fun pastime.
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We've been modifying and terra-forming the atmo for over 100 years ..and more.



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Quoting KoritheMan:

I'd agree 100 years is a bit short, but that's also plenty of time for breakthroughs of that nature to happen.

One thing's for sure, though: I definitely wouldn't choose immortality if given the option.
Neither would I, but that would mainly be because I would lose everyone I know and love, if everyone I know is going through with it I might as well, plus could come very useful if your traveling in space.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Nah he just think I'm nutty for having all those gallons of water around.But hey I recycle them. That's nice.If your still young and about and starting to date you may attrack the ladies(my old a** has already settled in and married)LOl.

yeah, i be turning 13 soon(8 days). i can upload a picture of my biceps if anybody wants...LOL
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Off topic: In 100 years there is a 90% chance of human race conquering the singularity. What do you guys think of this? I really just don't see this happening in 100 years. Story: Link

I'd agree 100 years is a bit short, but that's also plenty of time for breakthroughs of that nature to happen.

One thing's for sure, though: I definitely wouldn't choose immortality if given the option.

ETA: Weather modification? I hope they fail. I want my extreme weather! Frankly though, I highly doubt we will ever be able to influence the weather on the synoptic scale, or even the mesoscale.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

*sigh*

Let me guess: he's a soda drinker?
Nah he just think I'm nutty for having all those gallons of water around.But hey I recycle them.
Quoting SPLbeater:


i do alot of pull-ups and dips for biceps and triceps. since 5th grade :D worked too lol
That's nice.If your still young and about and starting to date you may attrack the ladies(my old a** has already settled in and married)LOl.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I think some bloggers would disagree to that title :).My sarcasm can make people go insane at times XD.


that is true its happened to me. lol
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:



You'll be ok then. I'm just glad there weren't a lot of ways to record anything I had to say when I was younger. That would probably come in handy for me now days too. Lol


like i said earlier, if i am a troll then every single person here is. i am here to share weather info, gain weather info, and socialize. met some purty nice ppl to, like washingtonian115, JNCali, Grothar,, you, TAwx13, and many many more
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