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 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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Quoting KoritheMan:

I know, right? Everyone expects ME to be the resident asshole of these here parts. But hydrus? Come on!
I think some bloggers would disagree to that title :).My sarcasm can make people go insane at times XD.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I've stayed away from pizza since I was 34.I tyr as hard as possible to avoid fast food and eat vegetables or fruits for snacks and have healthy meals.Exercise also can help(or not).


i do alot of pull-ups and dips for biceps and triceps. since 5th grade :D worked too lol
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Quoting washingtonian115:
yes always drink your water.I have gallons in my cloest just for me(my husband thinks I'm nuts but oh well).
*sigh*

Let me guess: he's a soda drinker?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I was about to say "what happened to Hydrus?"."Did someone hack his account"
I know, right? Everyone expects ME to be the resident asshole of these here parts. But hydrus? Come on!
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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

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Quoting hydrus:
114 years. That is fantastic..:) What year was he born?
1874.
Quoting KoritheMan:

I'm not committed enough to avoid pizza, but I rarely eat that, much less other kinds of fast food.

I exercise 5 days a week,. I'm probably below 180 at this point, after closely flirting with 205 a couple months ago.

Oh, I also drink about 100 ounces of water per day, and take vitamins.
yes always drink your water.I have gallons in my cloest just for me(my husband thinks I'm nuts but oh well).
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Quoting SPLbeater:


yeah i find that i anm wrong sometimes in review.



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
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I've stayed away from pizza since I was 34.I tyr as hard as possible to avoid fast food and eat vegetables or fruits for snacks and have healthy meals.Exercise also can help(or not).
I'm not committed enough to avoid pizza, but I rarely eat that, much less other kinds of fast food.

I exercise 5 days a week,. I'm probably below 180 at this point, after closely flirting with 205 a couple months ago.

Oh, I also drink about 100 ounces of water per day, and take vitamins.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
My great-grand father died at 114.So I will probally still be living while my husband won't.I got the oldness.Something like what Grothar has.
114 years. That is fantastic..:) What year was he born?
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Seriously. hydrus with spunk? Now I've seen it all.
I was about to say "what happened to Hydrus?"."Did someone hack his account"
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Quoting windwardsnow:

Don't be so sensitive. It's true. Bald Cypress are among the strongest hardwards in the Eastern decidious forests. Even stronger than certain species of oaks. And yes, it's a deciduous tree, despite taking on conifer characteristics.

Don't be so sensitive though. I would love to have it for firewood too. That stuff would burn for weeks, if not months. It would go great with a keg and some good friends.
Wimper, sniffle
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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.
I've stayed away from pizza since I was 34.I tyr as hard as possible to avoid fast food and eat vegetables or fruits for snacks and have healthy meals.Exercise also can help(or not).
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Quoting Neapolitan:
In case some of you haven't figured it out yet, windwardsnow is yet another sockpuppet belonging to a multi-handled, perma-banned (and very much obsessed) troll. Behave yourselves accordingly. ;-)
Nah, that was kinda obvious.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
  I see your out in full force tonight.
Seriously. hydrus with spunk? Now I've seen it all.
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Quoting hydrus:
O.K. Maybe your not a troll, but you are quite obtuse when somebody posts there thoughts or interests on here. The tree for instance. Was it really necessary for you post "all i see is a tree. nothing special" or "People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?" Some felt the tree to be special, and all you did was rip on there post. Troll? Maybe not, inconsiderate "Maybe".


yeah i find that i anm wrong sometimes in review.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
My great-grand father died at 114.So I will probally still be living while my husband won't.I got the oldness.Something like what Grothar has.


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.
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In case some of you haven't figured it out yet, windwardsnow is yet another sockpuppet belonging to a multi-handled, perma-banned (and very much obsessed) troll. Behave yourselves accordingly. ;-)
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Quoting Grothar:


I really don't know. I am so old I don't cast a reflection anymore. But I have an old painting in my closet you can look at.
LOLOL.
Quoting hydrus:
O.K. Maybe your not a troll, but you are quite obtuse when somebody posts there thoughts or interests on here. The tree for instance. Was it really necessary for you post "all i see is a tree. nothing special" or "People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?" Some felt the tree to be special, and all you did was rip on there post. Troll? Maybe not, inconsiderate "Maybe".
I see your out in full force tonight.
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Quoting hydrus:
O.K. Maybe your not a troll, but you are quite obtuse when somebody posts there thoughts or interests on here. The tree for instance. Was it really necessary for you post "all i see is a tree. nothing special" or "People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?" Some felt the tree to be special, and all you did was rip on there post. Troll? Maybe not, inconsiderate "Maybe".


Go easy on him, dude. He's 13.

Wait, scratch that. Carry on.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:



sooooo... what do you look?


I really don't know. I am so old I don't cast a reflection anymore. But I have an old painting in my closet you can look at.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Whoa! It's not often we see centenarians!
My great-grand father died at 114.So I will probally still be living while my husband won't.I got the oldness.Something like what Grothar has.
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Quoting Grothar:


To me, everyone under 40 looks 20. When he is 100 and looks 90, then we can talk. That is what aging gracefully is.


lol
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Quoting SPLbeater:


if i am a troll so is everybody else
O.K. Maybe your not a troll, but you are quite obtuse when somebody posts there thoughts or interests on here. The tree for instance. Was it really necessary for you post "all i see is a tree. nothing special" or "People mourning that a tree was damaged. What has this world come to?" Some felt the tree to be special, and all you did was rip on there post. Troll? Maybe not, inconsiderate "Maybe".
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Quoting Grothar:


To me, everyone under 40 looks 20. When he is 100 and looks 90, then we can talk. That is what aging gracefully is.



sooooo... what do you look?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I think their is some what of a correlation of warm winters and the U.S getting struck by hurricanes.We'll have to see how this year goes.I find this a very interesting topic to discuss further and do more research on. My family also ages gracefully.My mother is 68 but looks 42.My great grandmother died at 104 years of age.


Whoa! It's not often we see centenarians!
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Quoting KoritheMan:
I hail from a family who age gracefully. One of my cousins is 26 but looks 20.

For the record, I'll be 21 in three months.


To me, everyone under 40 looks 20. When he is 100 and looks 90, then we can talk. That is what aging gracefully is.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

I know better than to immediately draw a causative relationship, but it's interesting you mention the relatively warm winter of 2001. The US was hit by seven tropical cyclones (eight if you count Gustav) in 2002.
I think their is some what of a correlation of warm winters and the U.S getting struck by hurricanes.We'll have to see how this year goes.I find this a very interesting topic to discuss further and do more research on.
Quoting KoritheMan:

I hail from a  family who age gracefully. One of my cousins is 26 but looks 20.

For the record, I'll be 21 in three months.
My family also ages gracefully.My mother is 68 but looks 42.My great grandmother died at 104 years of age.
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Quoting KoritheMan:
I hail from a family who age gracefully. One of my cousins is 26 but looks 20.

For the record, I'll be 21 in three months.


Nice, ill be 20 in three months... wish it was 21... hahaha
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


i always pictured you as much older...
I hail from a family who age gracefully. One of my cousins is 26 but looks 20.

For the record, I'll be 21 in three months.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Yes. Wait, no.


i always pictured you as much older...
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Quoting WxGeekVA:

It just happened again. The noise.. Did you hear it??
I couldn't.Kids were jumping around everywhere.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Yeah.We havn't had any big snow storms thus far this winter,and this past December was our warmest since 2001.I think this could affect the steering currents for this years hurricane season.
I know better than to immediately draw a causative relationship, but it's interesting you mention the relatively warm winter of 2001. The US was hit by seven tropical cyclones (eight if you count Gustav) in 2002.
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Quoting windwardsnow:

Either way, admin will take out the garbage.
Or will they? The subjectivity and general lack of judgment the administrative staff displays here is nothing short of asinine.
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Quoting windwardsnow:

dabirds comments have been troll-like for the last several weeks.
I noticed several weeks ago that his/her name is similar to this blogger that was banned two years ago called baltimorebirds.And they would call themselves Dabirds sometimes.How I know?.Because they kept sending me e-mails(sometimes mean)until I put them on block.So beware.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Yeah.We havn't had any big snow storms thus far this winter,and this past December was our warmest since 2001.I think this could affect the steering currents for this years hurricane season.

It just happened again. The noise.. Did you hear it??
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Quoting ProgressivePulse:


Definitely a different winter this year in SEFL. Still time to go till spring but, we just haven't had the bitter cold that decorated the last three. This winter is feeling more like a typical La Nina winter being warm & dry on average.
Yeah.We havn't had any big snow storms thus far this winter,and this past December was our warmest since 2001.I think this could affect the steering currents for this years hurricane season.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
test is this me or someone else naw its me


of course that is u because there is an O there and u been here sine 06 that is 6 years. i read all your comments since 09
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test is this me or someone else naw its me
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Since this hasn't been a cold winter then I think the southeast may be under the gun.Someone put the tracks up for 09,10,and 11 seasons.They(hurricanes) recurved becasue of all the trofiness in the east during those years.This year isn't so much trofiness.Sooooooo.


Definitely a different winter this year in SEFL. Still time to go till spring but, we just haven't had the bitter cold that decorated the last three. This winter is feeling more like a typical La Nina winter being warm & dry on average.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I never called him a troll. But it's rather disheartening to see someone so young be so naive. Then again, perhaps his age is the very reason he still has a sliver of hope. Just maybe.
I didn't say no specific names.I was just referring to his intentions here on the blog that doesn't make him no where near a troll.JFV is an example of that.
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Nice area near 174E 12S

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Quoting KoritheMan:
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Quoting washingtonian115:
SPLbeater isn't a troll.His intentions are good.


I never called him a troll. But it's rather disheartening to see someone so young be so naive. Then again, perhaps his age is the very reason he still has a sliver of hope. Just maybe.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Why you done include me? No way. I ain't no troll.


I know. thats my point. :D
Quoting washingtonian115:
SPLbeater isn't a troll.His intentions are good.


thank you!
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