Richard Knabb

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Richard Knabb
Richard Knabb discussing Hurricane Matthew October 6, 2016.jpg
Knabb discussing the forecast of Hurricane Matthew on October 6, 2016 in a national broadcast
Residence Miami Florida
Nationality American
Alma mater

Purdue University

Florida State University
Occupation Meteorologist

Richard 'Rick' Knabb is an American meteorologist who became the 11th director of the National Hurricane Center on June 4, 2012. On March 21,2017, Knabb announced his return to The Weather Channel as a tropics analyst. As a result, he is leaving the position of Director of the NHC.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Knabb was born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in suburban Fort Lauderdale, Florida and in the Houston, Texas suburb of Katy. He attended Purdue University earned a bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science before earning a master's degree and Ph.D. in meteorology from Florida State University.[1]

Meteorology Career[edit]

Knabb started working for the NHC in 2001. He served as a Senior Hurricane Specialist from 2005 to 2008.[2] He left the NHC to become deputy director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Hawaii where he stayed until joining The Weather Channel in May 2010 replacing Steve Lyons as tropical weather expert.[1][3] He was announced as Director of the National Hurricane Center starting June 4, 2012 replacing Bill Read.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Rick Knabb, Ph.D., selected to lead NOAA's National Hurricane Center". NOAA. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kay, Jennifer (18 May 2012). "Richard Knabb Named New Director For National Hurricane Center". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Richard Knabb Joins The Weather Channel As Tropical Weather. Expert". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
Preceded by
Bill Read
Director of the National Hurricane Center Succeeded by