National Hurricane Center director Bill Proenza is out as of today, the Miami Herald reports, less than a week after half his staff demanded his resignation. The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the "disruption" caused by the controversial leader "threatens the center's ability to protect the American people."
Proenza had taken flak in recent months after questioning whether the center could maintain forecast accuracy should one of its major satellites fail. That sparked ire among colleagues, who said the comments needlessly undermined confidence in their forecasts. But Proenza's real downfall may have been his lack of political acumen: He was well known for his outspoken—and poorly received—critiques of higher-ups. (Read more National Hurricane Center stories.)