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Ed Rappaport  2018 Robert and Joanne Simpson Award Recipient

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 media and business. The two day conference covers all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, 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

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”.

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.

John Coleman Broadcast Award

  John Morales, Chief Meteorologist for NBC6 in Miami, Florida is the 2018 recipient of the inaugural John Coleman Broadcast Award.


John's work to inform and prepare the public during the 2017 Hurricane Season had a significant impact for Southern Florida.

His accurate weather predictions helped viewers during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Irene in 1999, and throughout the numerous hurricanes in the mid 2000s.

In 2005, John was honored with the second of his three Emmy Awards for his coverage of Hurricane Wilma. In what could be considered his most important scientific recognition, John earned the 2007 American Meteorological Society Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology Award. He is one of very few broadcast meteorologists elected to be a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.


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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?

• National and Local Broadcast Media

• Meteorologists

• Insurance Companies

• Private Industry

• Public & Private Utility Companies

• Oil and Gas Industry

• Fleet Operations Companies

• Marine Operations Companies

• Public Safety Officials

• Students



I'm Ready to Sail!

Includes drinks, dinner & live entertainment!


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