Hurricane Preparedness — State of the Union

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Bill Read,
to speak at Rosenstiel School as guest of AMS South Florida Chapter

Bill Read
The Greater Miami Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science present a public lecture focusing on the dissemination of hurricane forecasting information between scientists, local and international media outlets, and the community at-large.
Dr. Bill Read, the new director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) will discuss the planning and preparations underway at the NHC for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which began on June 1. Read was appointed to direct the Houston/Galveston weather forecast office of NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) and led it through the challenges of modernization and restructuring program in the mid 1990s. He began his career with the NWS’s test and evaluation division in Sterling, Va., developing his forecasting skills in Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and, he also served as a severe thunderstorm and flash flood program leader at the NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Prior to joining the NWS, Read served in the U.S. Navy, where his duties included an assignment as an on-board meteorologist with the ‘Hurricane Hunters’.
Rosenstiel School Auditorium
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Virginia Key, FL 3314 (next to the Miami Seaquarium)
June 26, 2008
7:00 p.m. lecture, welcome reception immediately preceding the event at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.

About the AMS
The American Meteorological Society is the nation’s leading professional organization for those involved in the atmospheric and related sciences. For more information on the South Florida chapter, please visit

About the Rosenstiel School
Founded in the 1940’s, the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit

Media Contact:
Barbra Gonzalez, Communications Director
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science