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New Head Of National Weather Service Started Career In Louisiana

FEMA Administrator And NHC Director Brief Press On Preparations For Upcoming Hurricane Season

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The new head of the National Weather Service is a former Louisiana meteorologist.

Kenneth Graham was appointed NWS's new director on Tuesday.

“Ken has the scientific integrity, trusted leadership, and communication prowess that will take the National Weather Service to even greater heights,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “I have full confidence that he will help create a more weather- and climate-ready nation amid more extreme weather fueled by our changing climate.”

“What an incredible honor it is to serve alongside the heroes of the National Weather Service whose excellence shines through day after day,” said Graham. “I thank Dr. Spinrad for entrusting me with the awesome responsibility and privilege of leading this dedicated team at such an exciting and important time in our history. We’ll accomplish great things together by building on recent progress and prioritizing support of our forecasters. I can’t wait to get started.”

Graham got his start with the New Orleans-Baton Rouge office as an intern in 1994 and after stops in Texas, Maryland and Alabama, returned to become its meteorologist-in-charge.

After serving in that role for 10 years, Graham was named director of the National Hurricane Center in April 2018.

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