Chemtrail Central
Member List
Image Database
Chemtrail Forum
Active Topics
Who's Online
Flight Explorer
Silver Orbs
News Archive

Chemtrail Central
Search   FAQs   Messages   Members   Profile
Storm intensifies as forecasters want director removed

Post new topic Reply to topic
Chemtrail Central > Weather

Author Thread

tagged & banned

Joined: 11 Jun 2005
Posts: 953
Location: Maryland
Storm intensifies as forecasters want director removed PostWed Jul 04, 2007 8:25 pm  Reply with quote  

It could be an interesting forecasting season for hurricanes... Stay tuned.

"Storm intensifies as forecasters want director removed"
(Source: Miami Herald, 7/3/07)

Three senior forecasters at the National Hurricane Center called
Tuesday for the ouster of recently appointed director Bill Proenza,
saying he has damaged public confidence in their forecasts, fractured
morale and lost their support.

''I don't think that Bill can continue here,'' said James Franklin,
one of five senior forecasters at the center. ``I don't think he can
be an effective leader.''

Two others -- Richard Pasch and Rick Knabb -- told The Miami Herald
that they concur.

''We need a change of leadership here at the hurricane center,'' Pasch
said. ``It's pretty much as simple as that.''

The open rebellion flared as an ''assessment team'' dispatched by
Proenza's superiors in Washington spent a second day at the hurricane
center in West Miami-Dade County. The team is trying to determine
whether forecasters can fulfill their mission under the outspoken and
controversial director.

Some forces expressed support for Proenza, but with pressure
intensifying from within and without, Proenza's grip on the
$150,000-a-year job he accepted just six months ago seemed
increasingly at risk.

He said late Tuesday that he will not resign and blamed the center's
morale problems on ''Washington harassment,'' a reference to a letter
of reprimand he received last month and the unannounced inspection by
five federal officials, including a lawyer who specializes in
personnel matters.

''It is my intention to continue to be the director of the National
Hurricane Center and not in any way hesitate to do what I need to
do,'' said Proenza, 62, a weather-service forecaster and manager for
more than 40 years. ``We are ready to carry out our mission and we
will move forward.''


Since taking the most prominent government job in meteorology, Proenza
repeatedly has criticized his bosses at the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, saying they have not provided the
hurricane center with adequate research funds and failed to plan for
the eventual demise of an important weather satellite.

He has been widely viewed as the underdog in a David vs. Goliath
battle against the federal bureaucracy, a scenario the forecasters
called misleading.

''The public debate has been extremely one-sided,'' said Franklin, who
has been at the center since 1999 and with NOAA since 1982. ``Bill is
viewed as a hero in the media for speaking up against NOAA management
and he is portrayed as having the support of his staff.

''But the hurricane specialists, by and large, do not agree with much
of what he has done,'' Franklin said.

In any event, as the drama played out, the climate at the hurricane
center turned stormy. Some lower-ranking members of the staff support
Proenza, and shouting matches between the two camps erupted Tuesday,
several people said.

The turmoil and distractions come at an inopportune time.

The hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. It has
been relatively tame so far, but forecasters monitored a disturbance
Tuesday in the Atlantic Ocean and said the tropics were likely to heat
up later this month or in August.

Craig Fugate, director of Florida's emergency management division,
originally supported Proenza but said Tuesday he is growing concerned
about the situation.

''It certainly is disconcerting that we are now dealing with these
issues in the middle of the hurricane season,'' Fugate said.

Should Proenza stay or go?

''I think NOAA needs to make a decision,'' Fugate said. ``Whether Bill
stays or leaves, there has to be a resolution and they have to move on
very quickly.''

At the same time, everyone on both sides of the battle -- and some
knowledgeable outsiders -- insisted that the hurricane center is fully
prepared to meet its obligations.

''The public has to know that the staff of the National Hurricane
Center is still intact and it is a superb staff and their forecasts
will be as good as ever,'' said former center director Max Mayfield.

Mayfield said he spoke with Proenza late Monday and again Tuesday
morning and advised him to make peace with his high-ranking

''I told him that he needs to be listening to his staff,'' Mayfield

Forecaster Lixion Avila, who ignited the public phase of the rebellion
Monday night in comments to The Miami Herald that were critical of
Proenza, said Tuesday that he was not ready to join the call for
Proenza's departure.

''I've lost a little bit of faith in him,'' Avila said, ``but I don't
want to be part of his removal or support him to stay.''

The fifth senior forecaster, Jack Beven, was on vacation and
unavailable to comment.


Staff members who support Proenza said they believed the rebellious
forecasters were overreacting to recent events and were upset by
Proenza's management style and operational changes he has requested,
including alterations to some forecast maps.

''I bring new ideas,'' Proenza said. ``I come in from outside and look
at things with a fresher view.''

The forecasters rejected that explanation.

''I don't consider any of this to be an issue of style,'' Knabb said.
``I consider this to be an issue of substance.''

He, his colleagues and Mayfield said Proenza has exaggerated the
magnitude of the satellite issue, unintentionally leaving the public
-- and Congress -- with the impression that forecasters are not
capable of doing their jobs.

That controversy involves a satellite called QuikScat, which measures
wind speeds over the distant ocean and is operating beyond its
designed life span without a replacement under construction.

No one doubts the satellite's importance when it comes to storms far
out to sea, but the senior forecasters said its loss would not
compromise the accuracy of forecasts of storms that are approaching
land -- the most important forecasts they issue.

Hurricane-hunter planes provide much more crucial data about those

''If I'm the director of the hurricane center, I would not spend my
time fighting for QuikScat,'' Avila said.

``I would be fighting to make sure that the reconnaissance planes are
always there.''

In response to Proenza's comments, some members of Congress have
suggested transferring funds from hurricane-hunter missions to
development of a QuikScat replacement. That could lead to disaster,
the forecasters said.

''There's not a forecaster here who believes that QuikScat is more
important than reconnaissance flights,'' Franklin said.

Some forecasters also believe that Proenza -- who has never served as
a frontline hurricane forecaster -- is more regal in his approach than
his predecessors, and they worry about the consequences if and when a
major storm threatens land.

''From my point of view, by the way I've seen previous directors work,
I don't see the concept of a team player,'' said Pasch, who has been
at the hurricane center since 1989.

He and the other forecasters said they were reluctantly lining up
against their boss, but believed they had no other choice.

''There is a certain amount of risk associated with this, but we feel
we have to do it,'' Pasch said. ``We think it's in the best interests
of the nation, the best interests of the hurricane warning system.''
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail AIM Address Yahoo Messenger

Post new topic Reply to topic
Forum Jump:
Jump to:  

All times are GMT.
The time now is Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:31 am

  Display posts from previous:      

© 21st Century Thermonuclear Productions
All Rights Reserved, All Wrongs Revenged, Novus Ordo Seclorum, All Your Base