Rick Knabb takes over as director of NHC

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:56 PM GMT on June 04, 2012

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Today marks the first day of work for the National Hurricane Center's new director--Dr. Rick Knabb, who worked at NHC from 2005 - 2008 as a senior hurricane forecaster before leaving in 2008 to take a position as deputy director and director of operations of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and NWS Forecast Office in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Knabb left Hawaii to take a position as The Weather Channel's hurricane expert in 2010, where he worked until May of this year. He thus brings a unique mix of NHC experience, managerial experience, and experience communicating to the public on-camera, to the NHC director's job. He will fit in very comfortably with the NHC staff, and should make an excellent NHC director. Knabb, 43, is the second youngest director of NHC. Only Neil Frank, who served as director from 1973 - 1987, was younger at the time he took the job.

Dr. Knabb takes over the directorship of NHC from Bill Read. Read took the post of NHC director in 2008 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. Read's 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 earlier this year. “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.” Read was lucky enough in his four-year tenure at NHC to never oversee a landfalling major hurricane in the U.S.

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
Rick Knabb, 2012 - ????

It looks like Dr. Knabb will have a quiet first week on the job--there are no threat areas to discuss in the Atlantic, and none of the computer models is predicting tropical storm development over the next seven days.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'm already aware that humans are animals. I pointed that out 20 minutes ago. I'm also not saying that I advocate animal cruelty, but I'm not going to lose sleep if I stick a slew of crawfish into water and boil them. I will admit that kind of mindset is most developed from societal conditioning of human superiority, and also just evolutionary biology in general.
yeah i understand that
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Quoting galvestonhurricane:


But the intelligence of primates pales greatly in comparison to that of humans, to the point where they shouldn't be compared.


But that wasn't your original claim.
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Quoting galvestonhurricane:


No, that is just not true. Humans can distinguish between right and wrong while animals cannot, which is one reason I disagree with the classification of humans as animals. Animals simply perform an act; they do not sit around and think about the decision they are about to make.
Yes it is true.

I should have clarified that not all animals can, but some certainly can, at least when it comes to matters that pertain to their own survival or social life.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Actually, there have been some studies* that have shown that certain primates display some sort of intellectuality.

*Unfortunately, I have lost the links to said studies. I don't actually expect you to take me seriously based on sketchy memory.


But the intelligence of primates pales greatly in comparison to that of humans, to the point where they shouldn't be compared.
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This has got to be one of the strongest velocity signatures I've seen in a while... from the Montana tornado warned storm:
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834. DFWjc
Don't know if anyone has read or seen this

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From the precursor to our future robot overlords to a galactic collision that just might ruin the day of our future descendants, NASA's been focused on extraterrestrial matters as of late. Still, the space agency isn't about to ignore its own backyard, announcing plans to send unmanned aircraft above hurricanes starting this summer to beef up its environmental science know-how. NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) program is commissioning two of its Global Hawks for the job -- one for sampling storm environments and another for measuring stuff such as rainband winds and precipitation. The goal is to gather data that will help researchers better understand storm intensity and how hurricanes form. While NASA's at it, perhaps it can also research why TV reporters feel the need to deliver those comical field reports while being buffeted by hurricane winds. Then again, we highly doubt there's a logical explanation for that
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Actually, there have been some studies* that have shown that certain primates display some sort of intellectuality.

*Unfortunately, I have lost the links to said studies. I don't actually expect you to take me seriously based on sketchy memory.


Certain primates probably means the Great Apes, and that would certainly make sense.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'll remove it if you want. I was just messing around. Wasn't trying to make light of anything.



lol its ok, I thought it was funny actually :)
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Quoting galvestonhurricane:


No, that is just not true. Humans can distinguish between right and wrong while animals cannot, which is one reason I disagree with the classification of humans as animals. Animals simply perform an act; they do not sit around and think about the decision they are about to make.


Actually, there have been some studies* that have shown that certain primates display some sort of intellectuality.

*Unfortunately, I have lost the links to said studies. I don't actually expect you to take me seriously based on sketchy memory.
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Whats up with this whole animal cruelty and rights thing going on? I dont mind debating but i come on to see weather related information. Are the tropics that void of activity? Just wondering :P Yall may continue
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Quoting TomTaylor:
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Humans are animals too. Just because we are more developed intellectually, doesn't mean that less intelligent animals should be treated poorly. They can also feel and process pain, understand and communicate emotions, empathize and sympathize with others, and have a fundamental understanding of right from wrong.


I'm already aware that humans are animals. I pointed that out 20 minutes ago. I'm also not saying that I advocate animal cruelty, but I'm not going to lose sleep if I stick a slew of crawfish into water and boil them. I will admit that kind of mindset is most developed from societal conditioning of human superiority, and also just evolutionary biology in general.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
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Humans are animals too. Just because we are more developed intellectually, doesn't mean that less intelligent animals should be treated poorly. They can also feel and process pain, understand and communicate emotions, empathize and sympathize with others, and have a fundamental understanding of right from wrong.


No, that is just not true. Humans can distinguish between right and wrong while animals cannot, which is one reason I disagree with the classification of humans as animals. Animals simply perform an act; they do not sit around and think about the decision they are about to make.
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Quoting evilpenguinshan:
was just thinking the same thing...but in MT





Sick Structure


Live stream from my friend Jesse who is on that storm


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...and then the storm rapidly falls apart lol.
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okay this blog is off topic lol goodnight everyone
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Quoting KoritheMan:


So you place intrinsic value on something that's not intelligent? I admire that, even though I disagree.

ETA: Not that I'm comfortable with animal cruelty either, no matter how inferior they are to us. I'm just saying that I don't agree with it in theory.
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Humans are animals too. Just because we are more developed intellectually, doesn't mean that less intelligent animals should be treated poorly. They can also feel and process pain, understand and communicate emotions, empathize and sympathize with others, and have a fundamental understanding of right from wrong.
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Quoting Jedkins01:



See I never had a sister, I grew up with all boys, the only female in my immediate family is my mom, and still is. I don't have a girl friend yet either, haven't had one since 17 and it's not their fault, maybe my social skills with them suck because I didn't have a sister, lol.


I had four sisters. Trust me, they added nothing to my social skills.
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Quoting Jedkins01:



See I never had a sister, I grew up with all boys, the only female in my immediate family is my mom, and still is. I don't have a girl friend yet either, haven't had one since 17 and it's not their fault, maybe my social skills with them suck because I didn't have a sister, lol.


lol i guess when you have multiple brothers you have multiple the trouble
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Quoting LargoFl:
.....................................Thats it for me, Good Nite guys
Wondering is all that nasty!!!!!!!weather is coming to Miami,that huge cell looks very bad!!! and it's seems that is coming this way??,don't heard anything from the local Mets about bad weather tonight here in Miami???.
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was just thinking the same thing...but in MT



Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Decent couplet. I'd say there is probably a tornado on the ground.

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Quoting Jedkins01:



Be careful, I didn't intend that post to be humorous...


I'll remove it if you want. I was just messing around. Wasn't trying to make light of anything.
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Quoting tornadodude:
In Missouri


Decent couplet. I'd say there is probably a tornado on the ground.

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In Missouri

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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Those who live in Texas may want to read this as it relates about El Nino and TC's affecting that state.

Link

Don't get me excited haha im jk that would be nice if its true
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Those who live in Texas may want to read this as it relates about El Nino and TC's affecting that state.

Link


Thanks!

I wonder how this might also relate to what I saw the state climatologist talking about last night, regarding the relationship between long periods of statewide drought and tropical cyclone landfalls near Galveston.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I just want to say that, you sir, would make a masterful Pokemon trainer. Just sayin.



Be careful, I didn't intend that post to be humorous...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I bet you've had at least one comment removed before. If not, that can be arranged. ;)

I've had a few so far this season, but I try to remain on-topic most of the time. :P


Never!

And I guess it could be arranged, but it would be a faulty ruling. Manipulating the system is frowned upon, sir!
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Quoting Dragod66:


You guys are crazy... was it just me who strapped my sisters' barbies to bottle rockets and sent them to the moon... no animals hurt by me...



See I never had a sister, I grew up with all boys, the only female in my immediate family is my mom, and still is. I don't have a girl friend yet either, haven't had one since 17 and it's not their fault, maybe my social skills with them suck because I didn't have a sister, lol.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Yeah...Tom posted it 15 minutes ago...
i know that im just stunned 2 see how quickly they warmed up so wuts the forcast now lol
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Quoting windshear1993:
like i saw that animation of the NAO and thats crazy how the waters warmed up that quick


Have to remember, the anomalies can cool just as quickly as they warmed. Since the NAO is highly unpredictable past a week and a half out, it's really hard to know what will happen with it. The forecast is an increase into positive territory, but we will see.
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Quoting windshear1993:
like i saw that animation of the NAO and thats crazy how the waters warmed up that quick

Yeah...Tom posted it 15 minutes ago...
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Quoting Jedkins01:



Animals might be simpler than us but they are a lot smarter than many people give them credit for, it's all about how they are designed, and yes they are designed differently than us. The fact the most people don't realize that is why we often dismiss them as just machines that don't feel anything.

It's ironic that many urbanites criticize me for hunting, yet as I've hunted it's given me greater respect for animal life. I'm actual much more humane with how I handle animals, and I've learned they are often much smarter than they are treated to be. I'm amazed how far we have separated from the natural world, I know many people that absolutely freak out in fear going camping, or just seeing a racoon or being in the woods at night. As humans have isolated from nature we have learned to fear it and thus we destroy it more. Most people I know immediately kill a snake or "varmint" that gets in their yard as they are stricken with fear, instead of carefully relocating it.


Their are some funny ironies that have come along with human society and its advancement, we have lost much of our care and understanding for the natural world. We fear it and so we either destroy it out of fear, or purely out of ignorance.

We are dealing with the fruits of our labor so to speak, animal extinction, forest depletion, and even global warming can arguably be a result from what I have discussed above. The earth itself works like an organism, and eventually, what goes around comes around.






I just want to say that, you sir, would make a masterful Pokemon trainer. Just sayin.
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like i saw that animation of the NAO and thats crazy how the waters warmed up that quick
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Significant warming north of the MDR

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Quoting KoritheMan:


Ernesto is going to hit my house a major hurricane. Better board up!


Yeah, Ill be in a tent in Tennessee all summer, guess Im doomed. oh well #yolo
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Quoting TomTaylor:





someone follows levi on fb lol

Well no, that was just a guesstimate based on the return of MJO and the timeframe the GFS is showing a tropical cyclone. :p
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Those who say that are usually dirty as hell on the inside. ;)


Is it that obvious??
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Quoting tornadodude:


lyke omg guyz. dis season iz gunna b turrible
i have mixed feelings i think this season would be between 2004 or 2009 season :?
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Quoting tornadodude:


lyke omg guyz. dis season iz gunna b turrible


Ernesto is going to hit my house a major hurricane. Better board up!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I think we'll get it between June 15 and June 20.





someone follows levi on fb lol
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Damn, that is actually really impressive. I've been watching negative NAO for a while now, but I didn't think it could heat up the east Atlantic, MDR, and central Atlantic that quickly.


SST anomaly change in 4 days (yes, only four days)



Yep, it makes that big of a difference. Nothing to toss around what warms at the surface since the wind lessens.
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Quoting stormpetrol:


I absolutely couldn't agree with you more! Thank you! BTW sometimes animals have a keener sense about danger and the world around them, than us supposedly humans of so called superior Intelligence!



Animals might be simpler than us but they are a lot smarter than many people give them credit for, it's all about how they are designed, and yes they are designed differently than us. The fact the most people don't realize that is why we often dismiss them as just machines that don't feel anything.

It's ironic that many urbanites criticize me for hunting, yet as I've hunted it's given me greater respect for animal life. I'm actual much more humane with how I handle animals, and I've learned they are often much smarter than they are treated to be. I'm amazed how far we have separated from the natural world, I know many people that absolutely freak out in fear going camping, or just seeing a racoon or being in the woods at night. As humans have isolated from nature we have learned to fear it and thus we destroy it more. Most people I know immediately kill a snake or "varmint" that gets in their yard as they are stricken with fear, instead of carefully relocating it.


There are some funny ironies that have come along with human society and its advancement, we have lost much of our care and understanding for the natural world. We fear it and so we either destroy it out of fear, or purely out of ignorance.

We are dealing with the fruits of our labor so to speak, animal extinction, forest depletion, and even climate change can arguably be a result from what I have discussed above. The earth itself works like an organism, and eventually, what goes around comes around.




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Quoting MississippiWx:


Nope...I have a clean slate, somehow. Haha. I'm just an angel, I guess.


Those who say that are usually dirty as hell on the inside. ;)
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Those who live in Texas may want to read this as it relates about El Nino and TC's affecting that state.

Link
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Quoting windshear1993:
im getting nervous about this hurricane season omg :(


lyke omg guyz. dis season iz gunna b turrible
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Nope...I have a clean slate, somehow. Haha. I'm just an angel, I guess.

I bet you've had at least one comment removed before. If not, that can be arranged. ;)

I've had a few so far this season, but I try to remain on-topic most of the time. :P
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im getting nervous about this hurricane season omg :(
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

This is the strongest negative NAO we've been in since last August. It's going to warm the waters quickly.


The AO and NAO have both actually tanked recently, which is something we didn't see all winter. Had a lot to do with our incredibly warm winter.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:




Ever had a post removed?


Nope...I have a clean slate, somehow. Haha. I'm just an angel, I guess.
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.....................................Thats it for me, Good Nite guys
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