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Edward Neil "Ed" Rappaport (born November 18, 1957)[1] served as the acting director of the National Hurricane Center from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2017 to 2018. He replaced former director Bill Proenza on July 9, 2007.[2][3] Rappaport was replaced by Bill Read in 2008. He began serving as acting director again when Richard Knabb left the NHC in 2017[4] until Kenneth Graham was selected to succeed him in 2018.[5]

Edward Rappaport
Born (1957-11-18) November 18, 1957 (age 61)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Texas Tech University

Rappaport joined the NHC in 1987, training as a post-doctoral fellow, then worked on an array of assignments as a research meteorologist starting in 1988. He ascended to assistant hurricane specialist and Tropical Satellite and Analysis Center meteorologist in 1990 before becoming a hurricane specialist in 1993. From 1998 to 2000, he was chief of the Technical Support Branch. Having both operational forecasting and research experience, Rappaport became deputy director in 2000.[6] In November 2006, he declined to be nominated to replace Max Mayfield as director, citing personal reasons.[2] Rappaport earned his B.S. and M.S. in 1979 and 1983, respectively, both from the University of Washington, and earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Texas Tech University in 1988.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Edward N Rappaport, Born 11/18/1957 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (2007-07-09). "National Hurricane Center Director Replaced". Fox News. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  3. ^ Ileana Varela. "Proenza Removed As NHC Director". CBS. Archived from the original on 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  4. ^ Schleifstein, Mark (March 21, 2017). "National Hurricane Center director jumps to Weather Channel". NOLA.com. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, Tapped as Next National Hurricane Center Director". ARRL. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  6. ^ "Edward N. Rappaport Named Deputy Director of Tropical Prediction Center - National Hurricane Center" (Press release). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2000-08-23. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  7. ^ Feltgen, Dennis (June 2011). "Q & A for NHC - Ed Rappaport". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
Preceded by
Bill Proenza
Director of the National Hurricane Center
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Bill Read
Preceded by
Richard Knabb
Director of the National Hurricane Center
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Kenneth Graham
Preceded by
Max Mayfield
Deputy Director of the NHC
2000–2007
Succeeded by
Bill Read
Preceded by
Bill Read
Deputy Director of the NHC
2008–2017
Succeeded by
Vacant
Preceded by
Vacant
Deputy Director of the NHC
2018–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent