Update: Statements on Lapenta’s death from the NWS and his family

By on October 2, 2019

Dr. William Lapenta (National Weather Service)

In the wake of National Weather Service official William Lapenta’s drowning death in the waters off Duck on Sept. 30, the following statements have been issued.

National Weather Service Director, Louis W. Uccellini: “Bill Lapenta was a friend to us all. He was a brilliant scientist, a leader in weather modeling, an amazing partner and collaborator, an energetic mentor, and a devoted husband and father. Bill was the director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction, and he led the effort at NOAA to develop EPIC, a new, state-of-the-art U.S. modeling framework to accelerate improvements in the nation’s weather and climate models. Most recently, he had been serving as the acting director of the Office of Weather and Air Quality at NOAA Research. This is a tragic loss to all of us in the NOAA family and to Bill’s atmospheric science colleagues throughout the world. As we mourn the loss of Bill, we pause to reflect on his many contributions to advance the National Weather Service mission while remaining a true friend to all of us who had the good fortune to know him. He will be greatly missed.

From the Lapenta family: “The Lapenta family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from Bill’s colleagues and friends, near and far. He was incredibly enriched by the many people who touched his life. We are devastated by the loss of our father, son, brother, uncle, and husband, and we only hope that his personal and professional legacy continues to inspire the lives of his friends, students, employees, and colleagues.”


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