WASHINGTON – A meteorologist who oversaw warnings and forecasts during one of the busiest bouts of Atlantic hurricane activity has become the new director of the National Weather Service as scientists predict extreme and dangerous storms and heat waves will worsen climate change.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday appointed the National Hurricane Center Director KenGraham the overall head of the weather service, successor to winter storm expert Louis Uccellini, who retired on January 1st Graham’s four years As the chief hurricane center, there have been more named Atlantic storms, 101, than any other four-year period since 1851, according to Colorado State University records.
Graham also ran the Weather Service’s offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama, including during a 2002 tornado outbreak that killed 12 people. He was also a television meteorologist in Mississippi.
During his last two years as hurricane director, big storms came so often that “I hate to say the word routine, but they became so frequent that we just got back into action,” Graham said in a May interview . “In almost 28 years in the weather service I have seen a lot of damage. Many people lose everything, many lose their lives.”
The USA National climate balance 2018 said heat-related extremes “have already become more frequent, more intense, widespread, or long-lasting” and will only get worse.
The weather service has around 4,900 employees and 144 offices. Weather, climate, and water disasters cause about 650 deaths annually and cause about $15 billion in damage annually, according to NOAA.
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