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April 15, 2010

Dr. Richard Knabb Joins The Weather Channel As Tropical Weather Expert

The Weather Channel® Companies (TWCC) names Dr. Richard Knabb as the network's new hurricane expert and tropical program manager. Dr. Knabb will be TWC's on-camera hurricane expert providing in-depth forecast analysis and tropical storm updates as they happen.

In making the announcement, Geoffrey Darby, executive vice president of programming for The Weather Channel, said, "Rick brings tremendous experience to this role and is no stranger to high profile hurricane activity, having worked with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) during the record-setting 2005 Atlantic season. He will help lead our on-air and cross-platform tropical coverage, providing continuous updates as hurricanes and tropical storms develop." 

As a senior hurricane specialist at NHC from 2005-2008, he prepared and issued official forecasts and warnings during the 2005 hurricane season with Hurricanes Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma.  Perhaps most notably, Dr. Knabb signed the advisory announcing that Katrina had become a major hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico. He also served as NHC's science and operations officer from 2001-2005.

Most recently, Dr. Knabb has been deputy director and director of operations of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and NWS Forecast Office in Honolulu, Hawaii. While there, he led the development and implementation of the first-ever joint CPHC/FEMA hurricane preparedness course for emergency managers.  Throughout his career in NOAA, in addition to personally preparing and issuing more than 200 official tropical cyclone operational forecast packages, Dr. Knabb has been involved in emergency management, military and academia collaboration, technology incorporation,  and public speaking and media interviews.

Dr. Knabb is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is part of the AMS Board of Government Meteorologists. He has published numerous works in scientific journals and as conference papers. Dr. Knabb received his Ph.D in meteorology and his master's degree in meteorology from Florida State University and his bachelor's degree in atmospheric science from Purdue University.

Dr. Knabb replaces the network's current tropical weather expert, Dr. Steve Lyons, who has accepted a position with the National Weather Service as the meteorologist-in-charge of the San Angelo, Texas office.


About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 32 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.