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Richard Knabb, Weather Channel expert, named director of National Hurricane Center

Richard Knabb (NOAA)

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.

Link: Q & A with outgoing NHC director - Bill Read

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

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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