Bill Gray at the ICCC9 conference at Las Vegas in 2014.
In WUWT’s announcement of the passing of Dr. Gray, Phil Klotzbach commented that he and a colleague were writing a post with their reminiscences of their times with Dr. Gray. Phil and Brian McNoldy have posted it now, see it at the Capital Weather Gang’s blog.
A couple fragments confirmed my suspicion that working with Dr. Gray must have been both exhausting and exhilarating.
One of the things that Dr. Gray was most noted for was his unbridled enthusiasm. He would run up and down the halls to visit his graduate students’ office because he didn’t want to waste the time it took to walk. He also had a bell that he would ring loudly every Thursday prior to the department seminar, and every Aug. 20, to inaugurate the “peak” of the Atlantic hurricane season.
When I first came across Gray’s seasonal hurricane forecasts, I had two thoughts. First, “you can’t do that.” Second, “You can’t do that from Colorado.” I quickly discovered that yes, you can make a defensible forecast, though I learned the most from the postmortem analyses of busted forecasts. As for the latter:
When asked why hurricane forecasts were been issued from Colorado, Dr. Gray replied, “the storm surge can’t get us at 5,000 feet.”