Miami, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Dr. Richard Knabb is leaving as Director of the National Hurricane Center to return to television broadcasting. Knabb is leaving in May to become an on-air hurricane expert at The Weather Channel. Knabb has worked at The Weather Channel before.
Replacing Knabb is Dr. Edward Rappaport. Rappaport has been deputy director of the hurricane center for the past 17 years. Rappaport will serve as acting director for the upcoming hurricane season while the National Weather Service undertakes a comprehensive search for the next director.
Rappaport has served in a number of leadership roles at N.H.C. over the past 30 years, including acting director on several occasions.
Knabb says he will ever "be grateful to the entire staff of talented public servants at the National Hurricane Center for their dedication, professionalism and teamwork."
Photo courtesy the National Hurricane Center