Hurricane Center has new team leader

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - The National Hurricane Center in Miami has a new
team leader.

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.

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