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Ed Rappaport  2018 Robert and Joanne Simpson Award Recipient

William M. Gray Award recipients announced

Ed Rappaport is the Acting Director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC). He became its Deputy Director in August 2000. His nearly 40-year career in meteorology comprises positions in forecasting, research, administration, management, academia and the media.


Dr. Rappaport is in his 30th year at NHC, where he began as a post-doctoral fellow for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He has since worked in all of NHC’s organizational components--front office, Hurricane Specialist Unit (HSU), Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, and Technology and Science Branch (TSB). He issued hurricane forecasts for nine years and was the TSB Branch Chief before becoming Deputy Director. As Deputy, Dr. Rappaport also serves as Acting Director about one third of the year.


Dr. Rappaport is the operational co-chair of the United States Weather Research Program Joint Hurricane Testbed Steering Committee and the operational lead for the NOAA Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project. He chairs the Working Group for Hurricane and Winter Storm Operations and Research, facilitating agreements between federal agencies on annual updates to the National Hurricane Operations Plan.


He helps develop NHC’s long-term strategies and define and coordinate much of the organization’s annual planning and day-to-day execution of work and budget. He also provides hurricane update briefings to the media, emergency managers and other officials at all levels of government in this country and abroad.


Dr. Rappaport received his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.


His numerous awards include the National Weather Service National Award for Leadership. He has received a Department of Commerce Bronze medal for applied research. He has shared in four Commerce Department Gold Medals—including as a forecaster during Hurricane Andrew, two NOAA Administrator's Awards for technical developments, two Bronze Medals for project management and the National Hurricane Conference Neal Frank Award.


Dr. Rappaport has had numerous papers published in professional journals and books. He has served on scientific panels, presented papers at technical conferences, and provided public talks.


Preparing for Hurricane Season

The National Tropical Weather Conference is the nation’s forum for professional training in hurricane preparedness for broadcast meteorologists. The  two day conference covers all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, forecasting and research, providing a unique opportunity to learn from top experts in tropical meteorology.


The setting for the conference is along the beach of South Padre Island, Texas the site of several hurricane landfalls including Beulah and Dolly.


Attendees come from around the country to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.  Dr. Philip Klotzbach launches the conference with the current hurricane seasonal forecast.

Getting #HurricaneStrong

The 2018 William M. Gray award for outstanding efforts to prepare, assist and guide the public before, during and after a tropical event will have multiple recipients this year.  "This was an extraordinary year, three major storms that impacted so many particularly here in Texas, we did not want to overlook the efforts of so many, " Alex Garcia, Director of the National Tropical Weather Conference.


The 2018 winners of the William M. Gray award include, Jeffry Lindner, meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District.  Jim Mcingvale, "Mattress Mack" owner in Houston, Texas.  Tim Duncan, former San Antonio Spurs center, San Antonio, Texas, George Strait, country music singer, San Antonio, Texas and Ed Emmett, Director Harris County office of emergency management.


There are so many stories of heroism with Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. We want to pay tribute to the many first responders who came to the aid of their fellow citizens in time of need.  The mail carriers of Puerto Rico who helped keep the lines of communication open and to the many others whose stories of compassion and heroism highlight the strength of our communities.

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HurricaneStrong is a national hurricane resilience initiative developed by Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.  The initiative, which kicked off for the 2016 hurricane season is designed to save lives and homes through collaboration with leading organizations in the disaster safety movement.


The effort comes at a critical time as public awareness about hurricane readiness is declining due to fewer land-falling storms in the Atlantic.  The collaboration offers empowering hurricane safety and mitigation information through business summits, digital channels, events, home improvement store workshops, media outreach, school lesson plans, and a social media campaign featuring a #HurricaneStrong “Pose”.


Join Mark Sudduth on a journey into a new chapter in the "Tracking the Hurricanes" series.

Follow along as Mark develops new technologies, including the weather balloon project: HURRB and an unmanned camera system that would ultimately be put in to to use during hurricanes Hermine and Matthew in 2016.

Who Should Attend?

Professional Credit Available

The National Tropical Weather Conference offers 2 professional development credits to NWA and AMS broadcast members  and certificates to document participation in the conference.


I'm Ready to Sail!

Includes drinks, dinner & live entertainment!

Broadcast Meteorologists


Newsroom Personnel who cover extreme weather

• Reporters

• Videographers

• Producers

• News Directors


First Responders

Emergency Managers

Meteorology Students


Need help justifying attending?  Download our Attendance Justification Packet.  All the information you need to explain the importance of this conference.


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