Director of the National Hurricane Center, 2008–2012
Having spent nearly four and a half years as what may be the country's most visible meteorologist, Bill Read closed out a distinguished career when he retired from his position as the director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in June.
Read started his career flying into hurricanes with the military, and then moved to NOAA where he has spent nearly 30 years as a weather professional. In the 1990s, Read served as director of the Houston/Galveston Weather Service Office, where he oversaw the NWS modernization and restructuring program. He took the reins at NHC following a stormy administrative period and has been credited with bringing stability to the organization. During his tenure at NHC, the Atlantic Basin saw two of the most active tropical storm seasons on record, and over all four seasons, a total 63 tropical storms formed.
KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.