James L. Franklin
is a weather forecaster
with the National Hurricane Center
. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and of Ransom Everglades School in Miami
, where he was a co-valedictorian.
Franklin likes to add his wit to many of his forecasts, much like his counterpart Dr. 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. Later, as the storm deteriorated, Franklin started his forecast discussion with the line from the Bee Gees' song "OH...OH...OH...OH...STAYIN ALIVE...STAYIN ALIVE".
- 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."
- For the forecast-baffling Hurricane Epsilon (2005), he said "The end is in sight. It really really is. But in the meantime, Epsilon continues to maintain hurricane status."
- About rapid intensification of Hurricane Humberto (2007), he said "It would be nice to know, someday, why this happened.