Author Archive: James Spann

James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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Strong Storms Over Parts Of Alabama

Strong Storms Over Parts Of Alabama

| July 20, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

RADAR CHECK: A disturbance riding down the eastern periphery of the upper high, that represents the bubble of hot air over the middle of the nation, is producing a number of showers and storms over Central and East Alabama this afternoon. They are producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and a good bit of lightning as they move south.

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Heat Levels Come Down By The Weekend

Heat Levels Come Down By The Weekend

| July 20, 2017 @ 6:30 am

An upper high, anchored over the nation’s mid-section which represents the center of the hot air, has expanded into Alabama, and that will keep afternoon highs up in the mid 90s today. Combine that with high dew points and that will make for another very uncomfortable day. A few showers and storms will form this afternoon, but they will be widely scattered, like yesterday.

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Hot Summer Weather

Hot Summer Weather

| July 19, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms are very isolated across Alabama this afternoon; they aren’t moving much, and will fade after sunset.

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Heat Levels Creeping Up

Heat Levels Creeping Up

| July 19, 2017 @ 6:38 am

HOT SUMMER WEATHER: An upper ridge over the nation’s mid-section is expanding, and that will bring the hottest weather so far this summer to Alabama in coming days. We project a high in the low 90s today, followed by mid 90s tomorrow and Friday. Up until now our hottest day of the year was on June 15 when the high was 93.

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Hot Summer Days Ahead

Hot Summer Days Ahead

| July 18, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

QUIET AFTERNOON: As expected, showers and storms have really thinned out across the northern half of Alabama this afternoon. Isolated storms are drifting to the southwest, and will dissipate once the sun goes down. Temperatures are mostly in the 88-92 degree range with a partly sunny sky.

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Rising Heat Levels In Coming Days

Rising Heat Levels In Coming Days

| July 18, 2017 @ 6:38 am

UPPER RIDGE TO STRENGTHEN: Let’s say up front that we will have some risk of an afternoon storm every day through the weekend, but they will gradually become fewer in number each day for the rest of the week as an upper ridge begins to build across the Deep South.

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Strong Storms This Afternoon

Strong Storms This Afternoon

| July 17, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

MORE SUMMER SOAKERS: As I write this, a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for the eastern part of the Birmingham metro for a thunderstorm cluster producing torrential rain, lots of lightning, and gusty winds. It is drifting to the southwest.

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Trending Hotter, Drier Later This Week

Trending Hotter, Drier Later This Week

| July 17, 2017 @ 6:48 am

With a moist, unstable airmass in place, we will see another day with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m. Best coverage will be along and south of I-20, and any one spot there will have about a one in three chance of getting wet. Showers will be pretty hard to find up north over the Tennessee Valley.

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More Scattered Storms Over The Weekend

More Scattered Storms Over The Weekend

| July 14, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

RADAR CHECK: A number of scattered showers and storms have fired up across Alabama on this mid-summer afternoon; they are moving slowly to the north, and are producing heavy rain and lots of lightning.

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Afternoon Storms A Bit More Numerous Through Sunday

Afternoon Storms A Bit More Numerous Through Sunday

| July 14, 2017 @ 6:35 am

Things are mostly quiet across Alabama this morning with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. Moisture is a bit deeper across Alabama today, and the air aloft is slightly colder, meaning the air is more unstable. This should mean a general uptick in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening.

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Scattered Storms A Little More Numerous Tomorrow

Scattered Storms A Little More Numerous Tomorrow

| July 13, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

RADAR CHECK: Classic July afternoon across Alabama… looks like the radar has measles. Widely scattered showers and storms are most active along and north of I-59, moving slowly to the north/northeast.

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Morning Sun; Scattered Afternoon Storms

Morning Sun; Scattered Afternoon Storms

| July 13, 2017 @ 6:36 am

CLASSIC SUMMER WEATHER CONTINUES: We are in that time of the year when our weather doesn’t change much from day to day; the main different is the timing and placement of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Things are quiet this morning; temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 70s at daybreak.

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Sun And Scattered Storms

Sun And Scattered Storms

| July 12, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers and storms are most numerous over the central and astern counties of Alabama this afternoon; they are moving slowly northward, and additional storms could pop up in random spots through the evening hours.

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Good Ole Summertime Weather

Good Ole Summertime Weather

| July 12, 2017 @ 6:01 am

SUN, HEAT, STORMS: We are getting into the dog days of summer, and it is a time of the year when the weather forecast doesn’t change much. You are pretty much guaranteed the weather will be hot, humid, and we will be dodging random, scattered storms during the peak of the heat each afternoon and evening.

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Sun, Heat, Scattered Storms

Sun, Heat, Scattered Storms

| July 11, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

RADAR CHECK: With low level moisture levels rising, we have your classic case of random, scattered showers and storms across Alabama this afternoon. With winds aloft being light and variable, these storms are moving little, and flooding has been reported in parts of the city of Montgomery due to a stationary storm.

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Moisture Levels Creeping Up In Coming Days

Moisture Levels Creeping Up In Coming Days

| July 11, 2017 @ 6:10 am

THIS MORNING: Dry air still covers the northern third of Alabama; temperatures are in the low to mid 60s across the cooler pockets with a clear sky. But, higher dew points south of I-20 will creep northward today along with rising humidity levels. Still, the best chance of a passing shower or storm today will be south of I-20.

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Moisture Levels Slowly Rise In Coming Days

Moisture Levels Slowly Rise In Coming Days

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, the northern half of Alabama is rain-free this afternoon; with a good supply of sunshine temperatures are mostly in the low 90s, right at seasonal averages for mid-July. A few showers and storms are on radar across the southern counties of the state, but they are widely spaced, and will fade quickly after sunset.

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North Alabama Stays Dry Today

North Alabama Stays Dry Today

| July 10, 2017 @ 6:10 am

PLEASANT MORNING: An unusually dry airmass for July remains over North Alabama, and it feels pretty good this morning. Our friend Vic Bell at Black Creek, in Etowah County just northeast of Gadsden, reports a cool 59 degrees just before daybreak. The temperature has dropped to 61 at Cullman and Fort Payne.

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Sun And Storms Through The Weekend

Sun And Storms Through The Weekend

| June 30, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

RADAR CHECK: The large, organized rain mass that dropped over 3 inches of rain on parts of the state this morning is now to the east, over Georgia. Many flooding reports were received across Walker, Cullman, and Blount Counties. Storms have become more widely scattered over the northern half of the state this afternoon, with a partly sunny sky for most communities.

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Mix Of Sun And Storms For The Holiday Weekend

Mix Of Sun And Storms For The Holiday Weekend

| June 30, 2017 @ 6:23 am

We will maintain a good chance of showers and storms this morning, but as the wave moves east of the state, showers should become very isolated this afternoon, and the sun should break out at times. Temperatures creep up into the mid 80s.

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Mix Of Sun And Storms In The Days Ahead

Mix Of Sun And Storms In The Days Ahead

| June 29, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

MOIST AIR IS BACK: We have scattered to numerous showers and storms across Alabama this afternoon moving northward; stronger storms are producing heavy rain. We had many reports of a “funnel cloud” or “tornado” near Gardendale this afternoon, but most likely it was just scud.

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Showers/Storms Return Today

Showers/Storms Return Today

| June 29, 2017 @ 5:53 am

RADAR CHECK: Fairly widespread rain is over the southern half of Alabama early this morning thanks to a disturbance just west of the state, with a few scattered showers over the northern counties. Deep tropical moisture has returned statewide, and that will set the stage for scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms through tonight.

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Showers/Storms Increasing Over South Alabama

Showers/Storms Increasing Over South Alabama

| June 28, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

RADAR CHECK: While North Alabama remains in dry air this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine, showers and storms over the southern half of the state are moving slowly northward; some of these will reach the U.S. 80 corridor this evening (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika).

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Rising Moisture Levels In Coming Days

Rising Moisture Levels In Coming Days

| June 28, 2017 @ 6:26 am

STILL DRY THIS MORNING: Another pleasant morning across Alabama; Fort Payne is down to 55 degrees at daybreak up in DeKalb County… the sky is mostly fair. Other reports from our Skywatchers include 55 at Black Creek, 58 at Heflin, and 61 at Cottondale. We expect a good supply of sunshine across Alabama today with […]

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Moisture Levels Begin To Rise Thursday

Moisture Levels Begin To Rise Thursday

| June 27, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

SUNNY SUMMER DAY: Another very nice late June day across the great state of Alabama; lots of sunshine with temperatures mostly in the mid 80s. Humidity values are fairly low, and we have nothing on radar over the northern two-thirds of the state. Tonight will be mostly fair with a low in the mid 60s.

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