Rick Knabb

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Rick 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
11th Director of the National Hurricane Center
In office
June 4, 2012 – May 12, 2017
Preceded byBill Read
Succeeded byEdward Rappaport
Personal details
BornChicago, Illinois
EducationPurdue University
Florida State University

Richard 'Rick' Knabb is an American meteorologist who served as the 11th Director of the National Hurricane Center from June 4, 2012 to May 12, 2017. On March 21, 2017, Knabb announced his return to The Weather Channel as the tropical weather expert which was the position he held from 2010 to 2012. As a result, he left the position of Director of the NHC.[1]

Early life and education

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.[2]

Meteorology career

Knabb started working for the NHC in 2001. He served as a Senior Hurricane Specialist from 2005 to 2008.[3] 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.[2][4] He was announced as Director of the National Hurricane Center starting June 4, 2012 replacing Bill Read.[2] He is back at The Weather Channel as of 2017.

External Links

  • This article was originally retrieved from the "Richard Knabb" article on Wikipedia, which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License


  1. Schleifstein, Mark (March 21, 2017). "National Hurricane Center director jumps to Weather Channel". NOLA.com. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Rick Knabb, Ph.D., selected to lead NOAA's National Hurricane Center". NOAA. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  3. Kay, Jennifer (18 May 2012). "Richard Knabb Named New Director For National Hurricane Center". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  4. "Dr. Richard Knabb Joins The Weather Channel As Tropical Weather. Expert". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 19 May 2012.