National Hurricane Center Chief To Retire In June


Salon Staff
January 14, 2012 11:00PM (UTC)

MIAMI (AP) — National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read has announced plans to retire June 1.

Read says in a statement Saturday from the Miami-based hurricane center that he intended to stay on the job no longer than five years. Read has been in the post since 2008.

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Read says one reason he chose June 1 is to give his successor a chance to take over just as this year's six-month hurricane season begins. Read also says he has some unspecified opportunities that will become available this summer.

The hurricane center is a unit of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA says there have been 63 tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean basin during Read's tenure at the center.

The search for a replacement will begin immediately.


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