NOAA has named Richard Knabb, the Weather Channel’s tropical weather expert, the next director of the National Hurricane Center. He will start work June 4.
Knabb will be NHC’s 11th director, replacing Bill Read, who, in January, announced his retirement effective June 2. Read started at NHC in January, 2008.
Prior to Knabb’s tenure at the Weather Channel beginning in May, 2010, he worked at NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center as deputy director and before that as a senior hurricane specialist at NHC (from 2005-2008).
“Rick personifies that calm, clear and trusted voice that the nation has come to rely on,” said Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator. “Rick will also lead our hurricane center team and work closely with federal, state and local emergency management authorities to ensure the public is prepared to weather the storm.”
Knabb has a Ph.D. in meteorology from Florida State University.
Past National Hurricane Center directors (source: Wunderground)
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