Hurricane forecast pioneer Bill Gray deceased at age eighty-six

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Source:   —  April 17, 2016, at 1:05 AM

He was eighty-six. Phil Klotzbach said Gray began researching hurricanes in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fourth, long before national hurricane forecasters began publishing their forecasts."His research on hurricanes was remarkable.

Hurricane forecast pioneer Bill Gray deceased at age eighty-six

Bill Gray, a pioneer in hurricane forecasting, died Saturday in Fort Collins, according to his longtime assistant. He was 86.

Phil Klotzbach said Gray began researching hurricanes in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fourth, long before national hurricane forecasters began publishing their forecasts.

"His research on hurricanes was remarkable. He was one of the first researchers to define why hurricanes were global, looking at water-temperature patterns and wind shear," Klotzbach said.

In addition to his research, Gray also published seasonal hurricane forecasts, predicting the no and severity of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Gray retired from his faculty post at CO State Univ in two thousand-fifth, but he continued hurricane and climate research as a Prof emeritus until his death, Klotzbach said. He was head of the university'south Tropical Meteorology Project and won the Neil Frank Award of the National Hurricane Conference in one thousand nine hundred ninety-fifth for his research contributions.

Gray got his start as a weather forecast officer for the U. S. Air Force in one thousand nine hundred fifty-third. He earned a doctorate in geophysical sciences from the Univ of Chicago, and he joined the new Dept of Atmospheric Science at CO State Univ in 1961.

Gray had a major impact on meteorology, with more than seventy of his graduate students presently in the field, Klotzbach said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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