Friday, May 18, 2012

Rick Knabb Named Head of National Hurricane Center

NOAA named Dr. Rick Knabb the new head of the National Hurricane Center in an announcement today. Knabb will start his duties in Miami on June 4th and replaces the soon-to-retire Bill Read.

Knabb is known for his work at The Weather Channel as their hurricane expert.  Knabb joined TWC in May 2010.  Prior to that, Knabb worked for NOAA as the head of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center out of Honolulu and then worked at NHC as a senior hurricane specialist.

“When hurricanes threaten our coastal communities, those in harm’s way look to NOAA’s National Hurricane Center for life-saving information,” said NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco. “Rick personifies that calm, clear and trusted voice that the nation has come to rely on. 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 will be the NHC's eleventh director and sports a doctorate in meteorology from Florida State University.  Full list below the fold (courtesy Wunderground.com).


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