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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 North Alabama

| 3:30 pm July 1, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Strong storms with frequent lightning, and winds gusting to 45 mph continue to move eastward through North/Central Alabama this afternoon…

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Storms will settle down late tonight.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The overall weather pattern won’t change much. Intervals of sunshine each day, and the risk of a few passing showers or storms each day. Thunderstorms are most likely during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower or storm with a persistent northwest flow aloft. Afternoon highs will be generally in the mid to upper 80s, below average for the Fourth of July in Alabama.

Due to the scattered and random nature of the storms, we can’t give you specific start/stop times of rain for specific locations… if you have something planned outside, just be ready for a passing thunderstorm from time to time.

We also note SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up again tomorrow for North Alabama, so where thunderstorms develop, they will be strong.

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All summer storms pack very frequent lightning, and some of them tomorrow could produce strong, gusty winds.

NEXT WEEK: We expect a slow trend toward hotter afternoons, more sunshine, and fewer thunderstorms by mid-week as an upper ridge begins to build. Highs go back in the low 90s…. see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Pretty decent weather along the Gulf Coast through the Fourth of July weekend…. about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next five to seven days.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

App Issues

| 8:52 am July 1, 2015

Most all of you have noticed by now the “James Spann 24/7″ app is not functioning. The issue started early yesterday, and there has been no resolution as of this morning.

It seems as though the company that developed the app for us has been sold, and they have decided “not to support” it anymore. Very frustrating, and we are working on a quick fix with a new developer. Hopefully the app will be operational again very soon.

I am truly sorry about the inconvenience… I am honored that you have downloaded this app, and I don’t take your loyalty for granted. I am honored you are coming here for weather information.

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The goal of the James Spann 24/7 app was to have all of my products and services available in one place on a phone or tablet.

With the app being down, I just wanted to let you know how to get all of the various products that are on the app.

WEATHER BLOG: If you are reading this, then you are on the blog. I post two detailed meteorological discussions daily here, and during active weather the blog is updated very frequently. Our posts are written by meteorologists that understand Alabama weather, and the needs of the people that live here. We work long hours keeping this updated.

SEVEN DAY FORECAST: Our seven day is available on the blog anytime here.

WEATHER XTREME VIDEO: This twice daily video is embedded in the blog discussions I write. You can also see the video via YouTube here. And, we also offer this video as a video podcast… just search for Weather Xtreme video in your favorite podcast app. Here is a link to the iTunes version.

WEATHERBRAINS: Our weekly show all about weather has a video and an audio version. For the audio podcast, just search for “Weatherbrains” in your favorite podcast app; here is a link to the audio files from our provider, Libsyn. For the video version, here is the YouTube link.

And, for show notes and more details on the show, just see the Weatherbrains web site. We produce the show most weeks Monday night at 8:30 CT… here is a link to the live stream and chat room. You can also watch it on our digital weather channel, “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state.

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Again, as soon as I know more about the status of the app I will post it here. Thanks for being patient…

Summer Mix Of Sun And Storms

| 6:33 am July 1, 2015

EARLY THIS MORNING: Unlike yesterday morning, the radar is quiet across North/Central Alabama at daybreak with temperatures are mostly in the low 70s. We have the same upper air configuration across the nation; a hot ridge over the western states, and a deep upper trough over the east. Winds aloft over Alabama are from the northwest, and this will bring occasional disturbances down this way in coming days.

We note an MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) in progress over southern Missouri moving southeast, and this feature could impact North Alabama later today.

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The guys at the Storm Prediction Center have much of North Alabama under the standard “slight risk” of severe weather later today and tonight as this MCS approaches; the main threat will come from small areas of strong straight line winds (wet microbursts). And, of course, all summer storms are packed with lightning.

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The sun will be out at times today, and we expect a high generally in the mid 80s, below average for the first day of July in Alabama.

TOMORROW AND THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The overall weather pattern just won’t change much. Moist air in place, a northwest flow aloft, and the daily risk of a few passing showers or thunderstorms. While the best chance of rain will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning thunderstorm in this situation. Unfortunately it is impossible to give you specific start/stop times of the rain… just be prepared for a passing shower or storm at any hour through the weekend.

On the positive side, there will be some very nice breaks in the rain, and the sun will be out at times. And, temperatures will be pretty nice for the Fourth of July, with highs only in the 80s. We all know we can have triple digit heat this time of the year.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will begin to slowly build, and by mid-week we expect increasing amounts of sun, hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Very typical weather for the Central Gulf Coast (Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores) through the holiday weekend… about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day, with the routine risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: No risk of any tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic basin over the next five to seven days.

SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE: Smoke from large wildfires in western Canada arrived in Alabama yesterday…

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That smoke gave the moon a red/orange look last night in the Alabama sky.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day…

Mix Of Sun And Storms

| 3:44 pm June 30, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Most of the really active weather has shifted down into far South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle this afternoon; the morning storms have stabilized the atmosphere over the northern half of the state, and the weather around here is pretty quiet with only a few isolated showers at mid-afternoon over the Tennessee Valley.

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We will maintain the risk of a few scattered showers tonight, but no heavy storms are expected since the morning round of storms really worked over the atmosphere. We note there was a pretty good bit of tree and power line damage in parts of the southern Birmingham metro this morning between 7:00 and 8:00… the damage below is from Homewood.

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TO THE SOUTH: Strong storms with high winds moved through the Alabama Gulf Coast earlier this afternoon…. video below from @abieeleee is when the gust front hit…

REST OF THE WEEK: A moist, unstable airmass will cover Alabama through Friday, meaning each day will have the chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms. While the best chance of storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm, like today. One the positive side, there will be some very nice intervals of sunshine and breaks in the rain along the way. Afternoon highs will remain mostly in the mid to upper 80s, not bad at all for early July in Alabama.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: No real change. Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday, with the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. It is simply impossible to give start/stop times of the rain for any specific location, just be ready for a passing storm from time to time. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Heights begin to rise, meaning showers and storms should be a little fewer in number, and heat levels a little higher next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are generally in the mid 80s.

VENUS/JUPITER CONJUNCTION: Let’s hope we have some breaks in the clouds so see Venus and Jupiter appearing together in the western sky soon after sunset. Learn more here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the summer program at Oxmoor Valley Elementary School in Birmingham this morning… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Showers/Storms Return

| 6:44 am June 30, 2015

RADAR CHECK: As expected, moist air has returned to Central Alabama this morning, and the radar is pretty active just after daybreak. Some of the heavier storms are north of Tuscaloosa, and near Demopolis… and are producing heavy rain, frequent lightning, and some small hail as they move east. The NWS in Birmingham has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Marengo County until 7:15 am…

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We will maintain the risk of scattered showers and storms today and tonight; some could be pretty strong… the Storm Prediction Center has most of the state in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather. The main threat will come from “wet microbursts”, or small areas of strong straight line winds that could bring down a few trees or power lines. And, of course, all summer storms feature gobs of lightning.

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It won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times… the high this afternoon will be in the mid to upper 80s.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Not much change. Mixed sun and clouds; scattered showers and thunderstorms both days; best chance will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will be mostly in the 87 to 90 degree range.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Very similar weather Friday through Sunday. Expect about 3 to 5 hours of sunshine each day, but there will be a good chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms along the way. Due to the random and scattered nature of the storms, no way we can give you start/stop times of the rain for any specific location… just be ready for a downpour at times. Highs over the weekend will remain generally in the 87 to 90 degree range… not bad for early July in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Seems like an upper high will try and build across the region, meaning a trend toward fewer showers and storms and hotter afternoons… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Very typical summer weather through the holiday weekend from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: All is very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend across the vast Atlantic basin.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be doing a weather program today for the kids in the summer program at Oxmoor Valley Elementary in Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Moisture Levels On The Rise

| 3:28 pm June 29, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Nothing on radar over the northern half of Alabama at mid-afternoon… we do note scattered storms over the southern quarter of the state.

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Temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s, and we will maintain the risk of widely scattered showers this evening over far North Alabama, especially near the Tennessee border.

TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY: Moisture levels rise, and scattered showers and storms will return to North/Central Alabama all three days. As usual in summer, the rain won’t be continuous, rain distribution will not be even, and the sun will out at times. And, some of the storms could be strong, in fact SPC has much of North and Central Alabama under a “marginal” risk of severe storms tomorrow. The main threat will come from “wet microbursts”, or small areas of strong straight line winds that can knock down trees and power lines.

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The best chance of showers and storms through mid-week will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: The overall pattern won’t change much Friday through Sunday. We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds each day, and the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms” will continue. Chance of any one spot getting wet each day will be about one in three, and there will be some good intervals of sunshine away from the showers. Highs between 87 and 90 degrees… not too bad for early July in Alabama.

We are seeing evidence that an upper ridge will begin to build next week, meaning rising heat levels, and lower rain chances. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: We are forecasting 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day along the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A large amount of dry air continue to cover the deep tropics in the Atlantic, and we see no evidence of tropical storm formation through the next seven days.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30p CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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