Franklin began his career with NOAA in 1982 in its Hurricane Research Division. During his 17-year tenure in HRD, he made more than 80 hurricane eyewall penetrations aboard the NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft, supporting research into hurricane motion and structure. He developed the software packages used throughout the Nation’s hurricane reconnaissance fleet to examine, process, and transmit Global Positioning System data.
Franklin has received more than a dozen awards, including the National Weather Service’s Isaac Cline award, and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Editors Award. He has twice been chosen for the AMS Banner I. Miller award, and has been awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal on three occasions, for improvements to the accuracy of hurricane analyses through innovative application of GPS dropsonde data, for leading NOAA’s operational use of the QuikSCAT satellite, and for his contributions to advances in hurricane modeling. He has published more than 20 scientific articles on hurricane motion, inner-core structure, forecasting, and meteorological instrumentation.