Maybe you heard about it on the national news, but this week the director of the National Hurricane Center left his position. There is some speculation as to exactly what happened, but it seems to be that he had trouble getting along with other people at the hurricane center. It was bad enough that a petition was circling the office asking for him to step down from his post before the center gets busy with tropical weather activity. You hate to rain on this guy's parade, but you have to be able to work with people, even though you might not always see eye-to-eye.
Bill Proenza, former director at the NHC, also upset people by making comments about a failing satellite that might affect the accuracy of their forecasts. While it may be an inconvenience to be without this satellite, there are several other tools available to meteorologists at the NHC that will keep their forecasts on track. No need to worry about just one satellite. We have redundancy in weather for many reasons and this is a good example why.
Imagine a major hurricane bearing down on the US and everyone at the hurricane center starts to look like this guy.
It is scary to think about, but I think they finally have things under control for the upcoming hurricane season... at least we hope. Otherwise, there will be thousands of people along the coast without critical information.
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