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Sunday, January 27, 2008

New director for National Hurricane Center

NOAA announced Friday, the appointment of Bill Read as the new director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL. The attached articles covers Bill's vast experience and qualifications for this very important position.
“Bill has what it takes be the nation’s hurricane center director. He’s spent 30 years of his career as a weather professional with NOAA dedicated to protecting lives from severe weather, much of it hurricanes and tropical storms,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Bill has been a trusted consultant to emergency managers in and around Houston and I’m sure he will foster that type of goodwill in communities vulnerable to hurricanes. He will find the job as rewarding as it is demanding.”
I had the privilege of meeting Bill Read at the Hurricane Conference in Houston this past June. He was the director of the National Weather Service station here in League City at that time. One of a few hundred participants, I didn't want to take up his time. It was very obvious from our short interaction that he is very skilled at explaining the science behind these weather systems to those of us less skilled in the in the art.

Bill if you ever read this post, know that you have my congratulations and best wishes for success in Miami.

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