By Mark Baith
NOAA announced today that Louis W. Uccellini will be the 16th director of the agency's National Weather Service (NWS).
“It’s an honor to lead such a prestigious agency with the unbeatable mission of protecting lives and livelihoods.” said Uccellini.
The veteran NOAA scientist and administrator has led the NWS’ National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) since 1999. (NCEP relocated to the University of Maryland Research Park (M-Square) in late 2012.)
Although a prominent figure at the national level, Uccellini has strong ties to local meteorology, both as head of NCEP and as a former section head at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.(Further Information: See NOAA press release on Uccellini's appointment here😉