James Franklin (meteorologist)

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James Franklin (middle), with Scott Gudes (left) and retired Air Force General Jack Kelly, director of NWS.

James L. Franklin is a former weather forecaster who served with the National Hurricane Center as its branch chief.[1] He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology[2] and of Ransom Everglades School[3] in 1976 in Miami, where he was a co-valedictorian.

Franklin liked to add his wit to many of his forecasts, much like his counterpart Lixion Avila and in contrast with the often dry commentary of other forecasters. For example:

  • In forecasting 2002 Atlantic hurricane season's Hurricane Kyle, Franklin noted "for fun, [a] long-range run of the GFS [model] has Kyle — its decayed remnants actually — reaching south Florida just in time for the kickoff of the Miami/Florida State game, one week from tomorrow."[4] Later, as the storm deteriorated, Franklin started his forecast discussion with a line from the Bee Gees' song Stayin' Alive.[5]
  • When forecasting Tropical Storm Franklin in 2005, Franklin said "Franklin — the storm, not the forecaster — has become a little better organized overnight. [...] It is quite possible that little or nothing will be left of Franklin — the storm, not the forecaster — in 2–3 days." [6]
  • In the Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Vince in 2005, Franklin alluded to My Fair Lady when he quipped "The rain in Spain was mainly less than 2 inches, although 3.30 inches fell in the plain at Cordoba."[7]
  • In a discussion for Tropical Depression Ana in 2009, Franklin noted that "[t]he intensity forecast is complicated by the uncertain existence of an actual tropical cyclone..."[8]


  1. ^ "Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions". NOLA.com. The Associated Press. July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ The Best of New Orleans! News Feature: Lessons from Lili (2002-10-15) Archived 2006-06-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Alumni Directory. Coconut Grove, FL: Ransom-Everglades School. 1981. 
  4. ^ Franklin, James (2002-10-04). "Tropical Storm Kyle Discussion number 58". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  5. ^ Franklin, James (2002-10-09). "Tropical Depression Kyle Discussion number 78". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  6. ^ Franklin, James (2005-07-23). "Tropical Storm Franklin Discussion number 8". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  7. ^ Tropical Cyclone Report—Hurricane Vince
  8. ^ Franklin, James (2009-08-17). "Tropical Depression Ana Discussion 22". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved 2010-06-05.