September 19, 2017
Storm Security and Hurricane Industry News


In Memoriam: Hurricane Forecast Pioneer Bill Gray

         Pioneering hurricane forecaster Bill Gray died Saturday, April 16, 2016, according to his longtime assistant Phil Klotzbach, the Associated Press reports. He was 86.

         Gray was head of the Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project where he began publishing seasonal hurricane forecasts predicting the number and severity of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean in addition to researching storms.

         Gray got his start as a weather forecast officer for the U.S. Air Force in 1953. He earned a doctorate in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and joined the Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU in 1961. Gray received the Neil Frank Award of the National Hurricane Conference in 1995 for his research contributions.

         “His research on hurricanes was remarkable. He was one of the first researchers to determine why hurricanes were global, looking at water-temperature patters and wind shear,” Klotzbach said. Gray retired from his CSU faculty post in 2005, but continued hurricane and climate research as a professor emeritus until his death, Klotzbach added.

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