Tropical Storm Franklin forms near the Bahamas
I am very disappointed that Forecaster Franklin was not the one to issue the first advisories on Tropical Storm Franklin. Recon reports that Tropical Storm Franklin currently has sustained winds of 45 mph and a central pressure of 1009 mb. Franklin is forecast to gradually intensify to near hurricane strength over the next few days as he wanders off the East Coast. Right now there are a lot of uncertainties about the strength of the surrounding ridge and interactions with upper-level steering currents. As you can see in the model chart below, there is no consensus on the track of Franklin like we have been used to this year. Sea surface temperatures in this area are plenty warm enough to sustain strengthening so at this point the best we can do is wait to see what Franklin does.