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Born Chicago
Nationality American
Alma mater Florida State University
Occupation Metrologist

Richard 'Rick' Knabb is an American meteorologist who on June 4, 2012 will become the 11th director of the National Hurricane Center.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Knabb was born in Chicago and was raised in Florida and Texas. [1] 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. [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. [1] [3] He replaced Steve Lyons as tropical weather expert at The Weather Channel.

He was announced as Director of the National Hurricane Center starting June 4, 2012 replacing Bill Read. [1].


  1. ^ a b c d "Rick Knabb, Ph.D., selected to lead NOAA’s National Hurricane Center". NOAA. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kay, Jennifer. "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. 

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