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Kenneth Graham Named 17th Director of the National Weather Service

Graham’s leadership experience will benefit weather forecasting and research communities.

Jun 7, 2022 - by Staff

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Kenneth Graham is named director of NOAA's National Weather Service. (Photo courtesy of NOAA.)

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) congratulates Kenneth Graham for his selection as the new director of the National Weather Service (NWS) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We are thrilled to continue our long partnership with the National Weather Service with Ken at the helm,” said UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi. “His scientific and institutional leadership experience will be of great benefit to the weather forecasting and research communities as we work collectively to advance our nation’s weather forecasting capabilities and continue to build a more climate-ready nation.”

Prior to becoming the 17th director of the NWS on June 7, 2022, Graham was the director of the National Hurricane Center. Before that, he was meteorologist-in-charge at the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge office, where he led efforts to prepare for hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Isaac, and more.

Graham brings nearly three decades of operational field experience to his new role at the NWS. He earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Arizona, followed by a master’s degree in geoscience from Mississippi State University.

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