MIAMI (AP) - The National Hurricane Center in Miami has a new
Veteran meteorologist James Franklin was promoted Thursday to the newly created position as branch chief of the Hurricane Specialists Unit.
He'll oversee the center's ten hurricane specialists.
The 51-year-old said one of his primary duties will be to assist
forecasters as they decipher the atmospheric conditions around
He'll also shoulder some of the forecasters' normal duties:
coordinating watches and warnings.
The new position was created as part of a staff reorganization
that stemmed from Bill Proenza's ouster as the hurricane center
director in 2007.
Franklin joined the hurricane center in 1999.
Before that, he worked for 17 years as a research meteorologist.