The United States Senate confirmed on Thursday, March 6, 2014, that Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., will serve as the tenth administrator and under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"I am pleased that Kathy Sullivan was confirmed," AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers said. "We have known one another for several years and I have the deepest respect for her. We exchanged notes already pledging to work together for the common good of the weather enterprise and the nation."
Sullivan is an accomplished oceanographer who has served many roles within NOAA.
She took on the role of acting NOAA administrator on Feb. 28, 2013. Prior to that, Sullivan was the assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for NOAA. In 1993, Sullivan was appointed as NOAA's chief scientist.
"With her impressive background as a scientist and astronaut and her excellent record of building bridges between diverse environmental stakeholder communities and federal policymakers, Kathy brings a great blend of scientific rigor, team-building skills, and strategic sensibility to the important job of NOAA administrator," said John P. Holdren, assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Joining the NASA astronaut corps in 1978, she was the first American woman to walk in space.
"NOAA provides the environmental intelligence that helps citizens, businesses, and governments make smart choices. Mission first, people always - this is my commitment to the American people and to the NOAA workforce," said Sullivan. "I'm incredibly proud of our people, and it's an honor to be at the helm."
Matthew has become a hurricane in the Caribbean and may approach the U.S. during next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
Persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic into Friday night, while rain will spread over the balance of the northeastern United States into the weekend.
Millions of people across the U.S. could be exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals from firefighting foam, according to a recent study.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
The holiday weekend will start on an unsettled note, but the weather should improve by Day of German Unity celebrations on Monday.
Record dry September: Pittsburgh, PA - Only 0.28" this month; driest September on record (old record 0.57 inches in 1893) Greensboro, NC - Driest month ever (only a trace of rain) Columbia, SC - Only 0.07" of rain.
Central and Western NY (1991)
Record cold morning; Buffalo, had 32 degrees, tying the all-time September low. Syracuse dropped to 28 degrees, breaking the old record of 32 set in 1942. Albany hit 28, erasing the 29-degree mark of 1951. Other lows (not official records) included: 21 degrees at Angelica, 22 at Watertown, 24 at Ithaca and 25 at Elmira.
Johnstown, PA (1993)
Light snow in the city did not accumulate but up to 3" accumulated at the airport.