NOAA PR critic Proenza on leave from* Hurricane Center

Bill Proenza, the head of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center who complained about money spent on a two-year educational campaign by the center’s parent...

Bill Proenza, the head of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center who complained about money spent on a two-year educational campaign by the center’s parent organization, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been placed on adminstrative leave.

Proenza had argued that NOAA was jeopardizing weather forecasting by spending money on PR when the center needed, among other things, to replace its Quick-Sat weather satellite. Others in the agency have said much of the same data that satellite collects is obtainable through other means.

Nearly half his staff signed a letter last week saying he had “poisoned the atmosphere here at the Hurricane Center” and asking him to resign, which he refused to do.

* Correction - the blog post previously said Proenza had resigned.

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