According to media reports, Dr. Ryan Maue has been appointed to the position of chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is a brilliant appointment.
Dr. Maue has a PhD in tropical meteorology from Florida State University. From where I sit, NOAA’s hurricane forecasts — particularly involving storm intensity — need a fresh approach. The National Weather Service’s issues (aging radars, stagnant forecast accuracy, etc.) are growing. Again, this is in Ryan’s wheelhouse. The NWS is part of NOAA.
The Washington Post quotes the University of Washington’s Dr. Cliff Mass as saying,
“I have respected his independent voice,” said Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington. “He has a good technical background, and I do appreciate he’s been willing to be very frank and honest on everything from synoptic meteorology to climate change. I think he is a very solid person to be appointed to NOAA.”
I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations.