ATLANTA (March 21, 2017) – The Weather Channel announced today that Dr. Rick Knabb will return to the company as the network’s on-air hurricane expert and tropical program manager in May 2017. Dr. Knabb will lead hurricane and tropical storm reporting and provide expert in-depth forecast analyses and updates for the nation’s only 24-hour source of national storm coverage.
Dr. Knabb returns to The Weather Channel after serving as Director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami from 2012-2017. While at the NHC, he oversaw development of various programs implemented to change the way the public understands and is warned about hurricanes, tropical cyclones, and their impacts. Dr. Knabb led creation of the storm surge watch and warning system, which highlights coastal and lowland areas at risk of flooding and storm surge -- often the greatest threat to life and property from cyclones and hurricanes.
David Clark, President of The Weather Channel, said, “At The Weather Channel, we are humbled that the public, government officials and emergency responders turn to us first for critical information during storms, and as such we recognize the importance of investing in world class expertise that can be found nowhere else. Dr. Knabb is one of the nation's leading voices on the threat that severe tropical weather poses to public safety and livelihood. His insights and experience will be critical in providing the public the in-depth context and analysis they expect from The Weather Channel during hurricane season. We couldn't be more proud to welcome Dr. Knabb back to the network and of the value he adds to our incredible team.”
Dr. Knabb is a trusted voice in weather. During his first tenure at The Weather Channel, he led the reporting of significant events including Hurricane Irene in 2011. As NHC Director, he oversaw the hurricane center team during severe weather events including Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Prior to his first tenure at The Weather Channel, Dr. Knabb served as Deputy Director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu. Before that, Dr. Knabb served as a Senior Hurricane Specialist and the Science and Operations Officer at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. He prepared and issued official forecasts during several historic weather events, including the announcement of development of Hurricane Katrina over the Gulf of Mexico in 2005.
A Chicago native, Dr. Knabb received his Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University. Dr. Knabb received his Masters of Science and Doctorate in Meteorologist from the Florida State University and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Hawaii. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society.
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