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Old 07-09-2007, 05:45 PM
 
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Just saw this news item - for anyone who's been following the storm at the National Hurricane Center.

It seems that Bill Proenza has been put on leave, or possibly reassigned, by NOAA. According to the report, Ed Rappaport has temporarily taken over as NHC Director.

Hard to know what to believe about the controversy. Proenza had spoken out publicly about the need to replace the QuikScat satellite, incurring the displeasure of NOAA. They sent him what can only be described as a warning letter, which was immediately leaked to the media (Miami Herald, I believe). Personally, I think it's inappropriate to reprimand someone for speaking to the public about a matter that might very well affect our safety. This IS supposed to be a government FOR and BY the people. The debate about replacing it should be an open discussion.

Anyway.....

Following an investigation into the Hurricane Center's possible problems, 23 forecasters spoke out in favor of replacing Proenza. But there could be more to this than just the argument over the need to replace a satellite. I wonder if that was just an excuse - if there were other personnel matters involved.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:11 PM
 
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Government hates controversy. Stir things up and get the boot, it's that simple.
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