Ma x Mayfield, a longtime hurricane forecaster, help communities in danger of a land-falling storm was named the new director of NOAA's National take necessary safety precautions." Hurricane Center in May. Mayfield will oversee a Kelly added, "Max typifies the weather forecasters of team of hurricane forecasters, specialists, and techni- our country who work around the clock to keep people cal personnel at the center's headquarters in Miami. safe." Mayfield, who has been acting director since De- At a May press conference in Washington to an- cember 1999, when the former director Jerry Jarrell nounce the 2000 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, D. James Baker, administrator of NOAA, introduced retired, began his forecasting career with the Air Force Mayfiel d as "a leader with confidence among his in 1970 after graduating from the University of Okla- peers, emergency managers, and the media." homa with a degree in mathematics. In 1972, Mayfield joined the National Weather Service as a satellite me- Jack Kelly, director of the National Weather Ser- teorologist in Miami. He earned his master's degree vice, said Mayfield possesses the unique vital quali- in meteorology from The Florida State University in ties vital to lead the center. "He knows
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