As we move towards the next hurricane season, we have a new director of the National Hurricane Center. Kenneth Graham, now former Meteorologist-in-Charge of NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge was promoted as the tenth director of the NHC since it’s inception 53 years ago.
Graham earned his bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science at the University of Arizona before adding his master’s from Mississippi State. He began his journey with NOAA in 1994 after a stint in broadcast meteorology.
Before coming to NWS New Orleans in 2008, Graham was previously at the offices in Corpus Christi, TX and Birmingham, AL, as well as the NWS Headquarters in Maryland. He was instrumental in providing command centers for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 and guided Louisiana and Mississippi state leaders through Ike, Issac, and Gustav.