Hurricane Center director warned by superiors to stop commenting on hurricane satellite possibly failing

Earlier this week AP reported on how the aging QuikScat satellite used for predicting the intensity and path of hurricanes could fail at any time. Bill Proenza, director of the National Hurricane Center has been outspoken on this but was warned by superiors to stop commenting on it…

On Friday, Proenza was given a 3-page letter
from the acting head of the Weather Service, Mary Glackin. Proenza’s
recent statements “may have caused some unnecessary confusion about
NOAA’s ability to accurately predict tropical storms,” Glackin wrote.

Glackin,
who visited Proenza’s office at the National Hurricane Center in Miami,
said that talking with other weather service managers would have given
Proenza “accurate factual data.”

Proenza said Friday that he did
not believe that his comments caused confusion and that he had properly
talked with his superiors. The letter is an attempt to quiet his
comments on the satellite, he said. He said another superior had
previously warned him to stop making comments about QuikScat.

“I’m not going to do anything different,” he said after getting the letter.(my emphasis)


Good for Mr Proenza

8 thoughts on “Hurricane Center director warned by superiors to stop commenting on hurricane satellite possibly failing

  1. gene214 says:

    I feel a “Doin’ a heckuva job, Mary” moment coming on. Anybody wanna bet that the only thing on Mary Glackin’s resume is that she was a chief fund raiser for the GOP? Let’s see “The primary satellite used for predicting hurricanes can fail at any time”. Nope, not much ambiguity in that warning. Jesus, our current government can’t handle a fucking thing.

  2. BuggyQ says:

    So who do we call if Mr. Proenza gets canned? Is there a House or Senate committee with oversight of the National Weather Service?
    And sweet Jeebus, is Mary Glackin the next Monica Goodling?
    “I keep my bosses happy all the time, I make sure fundies keep the rest in line, I keep a close watch on the ones who whine, Cuz Dubya’s fine, I cross the line.”
    With deepest, deepest apologies to Johnny Cash.

  3. pansypoo says:

    i think georgie blew up the bridge to the 21st century.
    on that steam locomotive back to the 15th.

  4. scout says:

    Glackin is career NOAA. Been there since 1977.
    http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2003/mar03/noaa03036.html

  5. TheaLogie says:

    ‘Proenza’s recent statements “may have caused some unnecessary confusion about NOAA’s ability to accurately predict tropical storms,” Glackin wrote.’
    Surely the correct response would not have been to go after Proenza in the first instance, if Glackin’s complaint were true, but to clear up publicly the confusion he had caused? Otherwise it gives the appearance that Proenza was dead right and Glackin and co. are in full CYA mode.

  6. MapleStreet says:

    I’d like to see the memo published on the front page of the newspaper. Wonder if that may cause some “confusion”?????

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