After weathering more than its share of budget storms, the National Weather Service is turning to one of the nation's premier storm experts to become its new leader.
Louis W. Uccellini will become the weather service's director, effective Sunday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, its parent agency, announced Thursday.
The appointment was welcomed by members of the forecasters' union, the National Weather Service Employees Organization, who have had a sometimes fractious relationship with the bosses.
"I think everybody is pretty excited," said union president Dan Sobien.
"The first priority is clearly to listen," Uccellini said in a phone interview. "There's a lot I know about the weather service, and a lot I don't know."