It's about that time of year to begin worrying about the perennial threat to our homeland: the hurricane. If you are one of six hurricane specialists (or forecasters) at the National Hurricane Center, like James L. Franklin is, that worry is a full-time occupation. The specialists are responsible for all hurricane advisories, forecasts, and warnings in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific, a job Franklin has been doing for two years. Before that he spent seventeen years flying into hurricanes as a researcher with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Hurricane Research Division on Virginia Key, when he made nearly 100 hurricane-eyewall penetrations. Both of these jobs, he says, "as you may imagine, have their... More >>>