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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141 AM CST TUE JAN 17 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

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Quoting Xyrus2000:

Any entity capable of creating or manipulating a universe at will would be well beyond our ability to comprehend, and they'd certainly be well beyond any petty human issues.
Not to mention an anthropomorphic god would be infinitely more complex than the universe is. Yet Christians often use the supposed complexity of the universe as evidence to support their god, completely ignorant (willfully or otherwise) of this fact.

Kind of ironic, really.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:





Being an avid astronomer myself I've seen most of those images already. I've even done some craptacular images of my own for some of those phenomena.

But I'm a little confused by that video and how it relates to what I wrote. It could be interpreted in one of two ways.

1. It could have been used show beauty of the universe and therefore attempt to demonstrate that there is a higher power.

2. It could have been used to show the massive and somewhat random destruction within the universe, and therefore demonstrating that there is no higher power.

I don't believe in a higher power because from a logical and scientific standpoint, it doesn't make sense. Any entity capable of creating or manipulating a universe at will would be well beyond our ability to comprehend, and they'd certainly be well beyond any petty human issues.

But it's pointless to debate beliefs and/or faiths. One person's myth is another person's religion. I just happen to think they're all myths, and happen to cause more problems than they solve.
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246. Skyepony (Mod)
94S has been declared..
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:



WOW ! That was awesome...Thank you for posting it...:)
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Mexico village hit by rumors of mass suicide as severe food shortages ripple through Chihuahua
Posted on January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 – MEXICO – Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians, legendary for their endurance in long-distance running, are reeling from a devastating food shortage caused by a record freeze and long drought, officials say. The Mexican Red Cross and regional and federal government agencies mobilized Monday to send emergency supplies to the mountains in the northern state of Chihuahua, where the Tarahumara live, usually in rudimentary conditions. Part of the outpouring of help came after reports circulated of the mass suicide of 50 or more members of the community, desperate and despondent over not being able to feed their families. The reports of suicide were quickly denied by state government officials . But the hunger is real. Even in the best of times, the Tarahumara live on the sustenance farming of corn and beans. Parts of Chihuahua, however, have endured for months the most severe drought in 70 years and, more recently, a hard freeze. The Red Cross said it was delivering 220 tons of food and aid, plus 10,000 pieces of heavy clothing. The national government through its social development agency and the office of the mayor of Mexico City were sending money, blankets and thousands of food packages, many donated by citizens. Six people from the Tarahumara community have died of malnutrition in recent weeks, the peasant organization El Barzon told La Jornada newspaper. –LA Times


Whoa, intense.
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Mexico village hit by rumors of mass suicide as severe food shortages ripple through Chihuahua
Posted on January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 – MEXICO – Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians, legendary for their endurance in long-distance running, are reeling from a devastating food shortage caused by a record freeze and long drought, officials say. The Mexican Red Cross and regional and federal government agencies mobilized Monday to send emergency supplies to the mountains in the northern state of Chihuahua, where the Tarahumara live, usually in rudimentary conditions. Part of the outpouring of help came after reports circulated of the mass suicide of 50 or more members of the community, desperate and despondent over not being able to feed their families. The reports of suicide were quickly denied by state government officials . But the hunger is real. Even in the best of times, the Tarahumara live on the sustenance farming of corn and beans. Parts of Chihuahua, however, have endured for months the most severe drought in 70 years and, more recently, a hard freeze. The Red Cross said it was delivering 220 tons of food and aid, plus 10,000 pieces of heavy clothing. The national government through its social development agency and the office of the mayor of Mexico City were sending money, blankets and thousands of food packages, many donated by citizens. Six people from the Tarahumara community have died of malnutrition in recent weeks, the peasant organization El Barzon told La Jornada newspaper. –LA Times
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goin to bed early 2nite, see yal. well really sort of like uh talk to yal later..lol
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


I must be an exception then. I don't believe in a higher power and I certainly don't believe the world will end in 2012. Of course it could, as there is always a non-zero chance that some sort of unexpected calamity can happen that would effectively wipe us out. But it's pretty much the same non-zero chance as the year before, and the year before that, so on and so forth.



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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
My tracked seasons:
2007-
-Dean
-Erin
-Felix

2008
-Bertha through Paloma.
*began to thoroughly watch the tropics after Arthur popped up

2009
-EVERY STORM. was a very ammature forecaster lol. i remember telling my uncle one time that there was going to be like 20 storms that year... XD

2010
-EVERY STORM. loved that season, and really began to understand the tropics much better, and also JOINED THIS HERE BLOG. I really got to know people here, and also get a knowledge for the tropics.

2011
-EVERY STORM.
I was the most invovled in this season, and began to make pretty accurate forecasts, and started my blog up on WU.

2012
-IM PREPARED TO FORECAST!

good night everyone


man, ur 2009 sound like mine lol. i remember drawing a forecast of Hurricane bill straight for NC lol
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For those who followed my tropical cyclone reports (TCRs) last year, I will be making a slight changeup this year. Rather than waiting until the end of the season to furnish the reports, I will do them at my own leisure, provided time permits. That way, I can meet the November 30 deadline for releasing my seasonal summary blog. Last year's was terribly late.
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My tracked seasons:
2007-
-Dean
-Erin
-Felix

2008
-Bertha through Paloma.
*began to thoroughly watch the tropics after Arthur popped up

2009
-EVERY STORM. was a very ammature forecaster lol. i remember telling my uncle one time that there was going to be like 20 storms that year... XD

2010
-EVERY STORM. loved that season, and really began to understand the tropics much better, and also JOINED THIS HERE BLOG. I really got to know people here, and also get a knowledge for the tropics.

2011
-EVERY STORM.
I was the most invovled in this season, and began to make pretty accurate forecasts, and started my blog up on WU.

2012
-IM PREPARED TO FORECAST!

good night everyone
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Quoting SPLbeater:


if you like the tropics alot you should stop in to my blog everytie i update it. i always focus on the tropics. :D

I just did :D
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
Well, going to brielfy add to my blog, hopefully i can finish this 2011 season recap that's covered with dust.


if you like the tropics alot you should stop in to my blog everytie i update it. i always focus on the tropics. :D
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
For anybody that uses Wikipedia, on January 18, it will be totally blacked out globally in protest of SOPA and PIPA.


that really doesnt need to pass. seriously. i ont be able to advertise Wunderground on Youtube anymore lol
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Quoting percylives:


Congress, it ain't broke. Don't fix it.

It has some cracks but that ain't the fix.
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Well, going to brielfy add to my blog, hopefully i can finish this 2011 season recap that's covered with dust.
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Hey TAWX,
long time no see.
just decided to pop in...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
For anybody that uses Wikipedia, in less than 27 hours, it will be totally blacked out globally in protest of SOPA and PIPA.


Congress, it ain't broke. Don't fix it.

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Quoting weatherbro:
Amazing!!! I didn't know that trees can live 3,500 years!!!!!


Fruitcake date back to the Mesozoic..so that's er, "Food fer thought".
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If anyone wants to go to tropic's talk... Im up for it. Will be there.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
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.


While true, if SSTs were 150F hurricanes would be the least of our problems.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


oh..well..i wrote it down as a La Nina, and it had activity as a la Nina...so how about we call it a nothing and act like 2011 didnt happen lol. 2009...2010... ...2012...

doesn't seem too bad,
Sounds like a plan.
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My analog's #'s:
1996:
13 Named storms
9 Hurricanes
6 Major hurricanes

4 named storm landfalls(3 NC, 1 FL)
2 hurricane landfalls(2 NC)
1 Major hurricane landfall(Fran)

2008:
16 Named storms
8 Hurricanes
5 Major Hurricanes

6 Named storm landfalls(3 TX, 1 LA, 1 FL, 1 NC)
3 Hurricane landfalls(2 TX, 1 LA)
No major hurricane landfalls
(Gustav and Ike were close but were qualified as category 2's at landfall. Though Ike should've been a category 3)

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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 must be an exception then. I don't believe in a higher power and I certainly don't believe the world will end in 2012. Of course it could, as there is always a non-zero chance that some sort of unexpected calamity can happen that would effectively wipe us out. But it's pretty much the same non-zero chance as the year before, and the year before that, so on and so forth.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
actually SPL, you could technically call 2011 a neutral, it was neutral for about 3-4 months of the Hurricane season :P


oh..well..i wrote it down as a La Nina, and it had activity as a la Nina...so how about we call it a nothing and act like 2011 didnt happen lol. 2009...2010... ...2012...
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

LOL, you forgot that it's going to cross over the entire US, then head into the pacific and become a Category 15 before drowning Japan, and swallowing Korea, then hit China and cuase earthquakes, that will cuase mudslides and tsunamis in the whole pacifc, and then rupture a techtonic plate that will cuase a major earthquake in the Atlantic and cuase Tsunamis in the entire Atlantic... :P


As long as North Korea gets it first, that would be fine.
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actually SPL, you could technically call 2011 a neutral, it was neutral for about 3-4 months of the Hurricane season :P
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Don't for get HyperDoomCane Omega on December 21, 2012!!!! It will be a cat 9 and the size of China!!

LOL, you forgot that it's going to cross over the entire US, then head into the pacific and become a Category 15 before drowning Japan, and swallowing Korea, then hit China and cuase earthquakes, that will cuase mudslides and tsunamis in the whole pacifc, and then rupture a techtonic plate that will cuase a major earthquake in the Atlantic and cuase Tsunamis in the entire Atlantic... :P
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Unfortunately the cold was wasted because there was no snow...


Hey man if you dont want it i will take the cold with no snow:) well, i dont have any snow...ask some Alaska native to trade with you lol
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Hey hydrus.Gonna be a nasty morinig commute due to all that rain.It's going to be mild to :(. I want to know some people's opinion on the upcomming season and what they expect.


Yes! Finally something i can quote so i can break my silence....

Hey Washingtonian,
Thinking of the upcoming season for sure, not using any ranges for forecasting this time around, so we'll see how accurate this forecast is at the end of November...
16 Named storms
7 Hurricanes
5 Major Hurricanes

Status of the upcoming season:
My analogs are 2008 and 1996, so looking at those seasons in general, the storms liked to ride the east coast and swipe florida.
Storm Targets:
Florida, SE coast, Northern Gulf coast... NW gulf for beginning of the season, Maybe all depending on the starting pattern of Coarse.

The La nina is crashing once again, much like it did last year, though it will not remain a neutral the whole season. The La Nina will come to end by mid-late April or Early March. Once this occurs, we'll have a much better idea toward how long we will hold onto the Neutral phase before it turning At last to El Nino. I'm thinking that the El Nino will come around Late september or Early October, this could result in less activity after the peak of the season, though the US might become more sesceptible to a Hurricane.
Numbers by the month:
June: 0 storms
July: 3 storms
August: 4 Storms
September: 6 Storms
October: 2 storms
November: 1 storm

you can obvisously know that this a ammature forecast, i may have some experience, but don't trust this prediction with your life. Who know maybe i'll get it right :)
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Yeah it does.We might go nutreal.


but...but..but i dont want an aver---on second thought-yes i do want a nuetral. lol. I havnt tracked one yet. here are my tracking records

2009
El Nino.
11 tropical Depressions.
9 tropical storms
3 hurricanes/1 Major
0 Retired storm names

2010
La Nina
21 Tropical depressions
19 tropical storms
13 hurricanes/ 5 Major
2 retired names- Igor, Tomas

2011
La Nina
20 tropical depressions
19 Tropical storms
7 Hurricanes/3 Major
1 Retired name- Irene



so, i hav yet to track a nuetral :D
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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Mathew 6:28-30


I wouldn't bother citing verse or scripture to him. He appears to be one of those "religious" types that has their own "version" of the bible that tells them they are always right.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
It was a cold weekend here in D.C.Well I'm not complaining :).


Unfortunately the cold was wasted because there was no snow...
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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” is misattributed to Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Franklin did write this, in a 1779 letter to André Morellet: “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
Great post.:)
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Quoting aspectre:
180 washingtonian115 "...Anyone wanna talk about tropical weather even though no real tropical cyclones are around????"

It got so cold during my regular sunset walk that I seriously started thinking that maybe I shoulda worn some socks with my flip-flops and shorts.
Then again, socks woulda probably caused me to sweat on the uphill walk back home.
It was a cold weekend here in D.C.Well I'm not complaining :).
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180 washingtonian115 "...Anyone wanna talk about tropical weather even though no real tropical cyclones are around????"

It got so cold during my regular sunset walk that I seriously started thinking that maybe I shoulda worn some socks with my flip-flops and shorts.
Then again, socks woulda probably made me sweat on the uphill walk back home.
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Quoting hydrus:
And Ben lived well into his 80,s. A feat rarely seen in his time...Musta been the fine brew and vino.


and women...don't forget the women...
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On December 21 2012 we will have storms like we did on the Day After tomorrow.A new ice age will start..mark my words.LOL.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Don't for get HyperDoomCane Omega on December 21, 2012!!!! It will be a cat 9 and the size of China!!


pffft, yeah right. lol that might be the thingy on Jupiter is it not? big spinny red thing?

it used to be white but some astronuats were up there and they accidently dropped some tomatoes near it, and gravity sucked them tomatoes into the Jupiter cane and now its red rofl
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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” is misattributed to Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Franklin did write this, in a 1779 letter to André Morellet: “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
And Ben lived well into his 80,s. A feat rarely seen in his time...Musta been the fine brew and vino.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


well with the collapsing La Nina and the fact that i have NO knowledge whatsoever on the forecasts for it i say:

14-17 TD's
13-16 Named Storms
6-9 Hurricanes
2-4 Major Hurricanes

Reasonable?
Yeah it does.We might go nutreal.
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Quoting FrankZapper:
I made a New Year's resolution to not come to this site and now I broke it. Happy NY you weather dorks and GW fruitcakes! From the Zapper!


hey man, i aint no weather dork. ima weather junkie!
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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Bookmarked and saved for next AGW knockdown dragem out. ;)
I am willing to go out to the parking lot anytime as they say. BTW i have made the same comment about AGWT some time ago
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Quoting SPLbeater:


well with the collapsing La Nina and the fact that i have NO knowledge whatsoever on the forecasts for it i say:

14-17 TD's
13-16 Named Storms
6-9 Hurricanes
2-4 Major Hurricanes

Reasonable?


Don't for get HyperDoomCane Omega on December 21, 2012!!!! It will be a cat 9 and the size of China!!
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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.
Bookmarked and saved for next AGW knockdown dragem out. ;)
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Hey hydrus.Gonna be a nasty morinig commute due to all that rain.It's going to be mild to :(. I want to know some people's opinion on the upcomming season and what they expect.


well with the collapsing La Nina and the fact that i have NO knowledge whatsoever on the forecasts for it i say:

14-17 TD's
13-16 Named Storms
6-9 Hurricanes
2-4 Major Hurricanes

Reasonable?
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Quoting hydrus:
Beer comes from grass and plants. God created the grass and plants. Therefor beer is made of God..
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” is misattributed to Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Franklin did write this, in a 1779 letter to André Morellet: “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
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