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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A Few Scattered Storms This Afternoon

A Few Scattered Storms This Afternoon

| August 17, 2017 @ 6:35 am

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fairly routine weather for August continues today and tomorrow across the great state of Alabama; partly sunny days with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs pretty close to 90 degrees. Chance of any one spot getting wet both days is around 30 percent.

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Showers More Widely Spaced This Afternoon

Showers More Widely Spaced This Afternoon

| August 16, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

A CALMER AFERNOON: Not much to see on weather radar this afternoon; we have showers and storms over parts of West Alabama, but many communities are dry with a partly sunny sky. Temperatures are mostly in the 87 to 90 degree range. Showers will end later this evening once the sun goes down.

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Muggy Summer Days; Scattered Storms

Muggy Summer Days; Scattered Storms

| August 16, 2017 @ 6:21 am

SUN, HEAT, STORMS: Classic “dog day” weather will continue across Alabama through Friday; we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds each day with the usual daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Most of the storms will come from 1:00 until 8:00 p.m… and the chance of any one spot getting wet will stay in the 30-40 percent category.

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Scattered Strong Storms

Scattered Strong Storms

| August 15, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have the classic case of scattered, random strong thunderstorms across Alabama on this dog day afternoon. They are moving east, and producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. The showers and storms will fade away once the sun goes down later this evening.

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Scattered, Mostly Afternoon Storms

Scattered, Mostly Afternoon Storms

| August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 am

TYPICAL SUMMER PATTERN SETTING UP: Today looks like a pretty routine August day in Alabama; hot and humid with morning sunshine followed by scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Of course, a rogue shower or two is certainly possible this morning…

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Mix Of Sun And Storms Through Mid-Week

Mix Of Sun And Storms Through Mid-Week

| August 14, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

RADAR CHECK: The most active showers and storms are generally east of I-59 this afternoon; nothing severe, but the heavier storms are producing gusty winds, heavy rain, and lots of lighting. The storms will fade tonight. Temperatures are only in the 70s where it has been raining, but away from the showers we are seeing upper 80s and a few low 90s.

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Numerous Showers/Storms Today

Numerous Showers/Storms Today

| August 14, 2017 @ 6:45 am

MOIST AIR RETURNS: The northern half of Alabama actually had a one day break from rain yesterday, but deeper moisture moved northward overnight, and we expect a number of showers and storms around over the next 18 hours. In fact, showers are in progress early this morning over parts of Northwest Alabama.

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Some Weekend Sun; Storms Remain Possible

Some Weekend Sun; Storms Remain Possible

| August 11, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

MOIST AIR HANGING OVER ALABAMA: We have a number of scattered showers on radar this afternoon across the northern half of Alabama… moving to the east. So far the showers have been relatively light, and there have been no flash flooding issues. Still, NWS Birmingham continues a flash flood watch for parts of East-Central Alabama through tonight.

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Flash Flood Watch For East Alabama

Flash Flood Watch For East Alabama

| August 11, 2017 @ 5:52 am

SOUPY AIR HANGS OVER ALABAMA: A flash flood watch is in effect today for roughly the eastern half of the state… basically for areas along and east of I-65.

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Scattered Heavy Downpours

Scattered Heavy Downpours

| August 10, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: The overall pattern won’t change much. We will be dealing with an “ocean of humidity” all three days, and a passing shower or storm will be possible at just about any hour of the day or night. But, on the positive side, the sun will be out at times, and daytime temperatures will remain below average.

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Muggy Days; Occasional Showers/Storms

Muggy Days; Occasional Showers/Storms

| August 10, 2017 @ 6:00 am

Highest coverage of showers and storms will come this afternoon and early tonight, and the sky will remain generally cloudy, although the sun will peek out at times. The high today will be in the mid 80s for most communities.

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An Ocean Of Humidity; Showery Weather Continues

An Ocean Of Humidity; Showery Weather Continues

| August 9, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

RADAR CHECK: A number of showers, some producing heavy rain, are over Alabama this afternoon in a very moist environment. Showers are moving eastward at a pretty good clip, and so far we have had no flooding issues today. Still, the NWS continues a flash flood watch for parts of Central and West Alabama.

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Unsettled Summer Weather Pattern Continues

Unsettled Summer Weather Pattern Continues

| August 9, 2017 @ 6:34 am

AIR YOU CAN WEAR: A very moist airmass will remain parked over Alabama today; the surface front near the Tennessee River will drift northward and dissipate, and once again we will deal with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms statewide. Yesterday, some places saw over 8 hours of rain; I don’t think the rain today will so continuous, but a passing shower or thunderstorm is possible at any hour.

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Summer Rain Continues

Summer Rain Continues

| August 8, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

A large area of rain, with a few embedded thunderstorms, continues to move across North/Central Alabama this afternoon; heaviest rain as I write this at 3:15p CT was over Bibb and Perry Counties. Rain will continue at times tonight.

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Soggy Summer Weather Pattern

Soggy Summer Weather Pattern

| August 8, 2017 @ 6:01 am

WET AT TIMES: A fairly large rain mass covers much of Central Alabama early this morning, and we will maintain a good chance of rain at times through tonight as copious amounts of tropical moisture continue in the air over our state. Some thunder is possible as well, but severe weather is not expected.

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Wet/Stormy At Times Through Friday

Wet/Stormy At Times Through Friday

| August 7, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

The sky is mostly cloudy across the northern half of the state with temperatures in the 80s. We will maintain a good chance of occasional showers and storms through tonight with potential for heavy rain in spots in this very moist environment.

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Unsettled Weather Pattern For Alabama

Unsettled Weather Pattern For Alabama

| August 7, 2017 @ 5:52 am

A deep layer of tropical moisture is over Alabama with high precipitable water values, and a broad upper trough will provide an unstable airmass. We will forecast occasional showers and thunderstorms across the state today and tonight with potential for heavy rain in spots. We also note SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe storms defined for the eastern part of the Tennessee Valley, where some hail is possible along with strong gusty winds this afternoon.

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Drier Air Rolls In Over The Weekend

Drier Air Rolls In Over The Weekend

| July 28, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have patches of mostly light rain on radar at mid-afternoon; the large rain mass that moved across North Alabama earlier today is now in Georgia. Very little lightning showing up as well.

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Showers/Storms Today; Dry Air For The Weekend

Showers/Storms Today; Dry Air For The Weekend

| July 28, 2017 @ 5:52 am

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: NWS offices in Birmingham and Huntsville continue a flash flood watch for roughly the northern half of the state today as a surface front slices into a very moist airmass with high precipitable water values.

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Lower Heat Levels In The Days Ahead; Storms Tomorrow

Lower Heat Levels In The Days Ahead; Storms Tomorrow

| July 27, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

RADAR CHECK: On this hot humid summer day we have scattered showers and storms mostly over the eastern half of Alabama; they are producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning as they move southeast.

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Drier Air To Arrive This Weekend

Drier Air To Arrive This Weekend

| July 27, 2017 @ 5:53 am

HOT, HUMID SUMMER DAY: Today looks like a classic mid-summer day for Alabama. Hot, muggy, a few storms in random places this afternoon and early tonight. We expect a high in the 92-95 degree range, and the chance of any one spot seeing a storm this afternoon is about one in four. Most of the showers and storms will come between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m.

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Sun, Heat, Storms

Sun, Heat, Storms

| July 26, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

BIG FLOODING PROBLEMS EARLIER: Serious flash flooding developed earlier this afternoon across parts of Vestavia Hills and Hoover, especially around Patton Creek, which flows under U.S. 31 just north of I-65.

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Hot, Humid Today; Strong Storms Late This Week

Hot, Humid Today; Strong Storms Late This Week

| July 26, 2017 @ 5:57 am

HOT, MUGGY SUMMER WEATHER: The upper ridge will strengthen across Alabama today, meaning highs up in the low to mid 90s with just a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and early tonight. Pretty much the same story tomorrow; the high will be in the 92-95 degree range with a few pop up storms by afternoon, but there is a chance organized storms could reach far North Alabama late in the day and tomorrow night ahead of a surface front.

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Showers Are Isolated This Afternoon

Showers Are Isolated This Afternoon

| July 25, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

CALM AFTERNOON: After a very active morning with strong storms and flash flooding issues over parts of East Alabama, the radar is pretty quiet this afternoon with only isolated showers across Central Alabama.

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Muggy Air; Scattered Showers/Storms

Muggy Air; Scattered Showers/Storms

| July 25, 2017 @ 6:30 am

RADAR CHECK: We have showers on radar early this morning over parts of East Alabama… heavier ones are over Tallapoosa and Chambers counties at daybreak. Expect a mix of sun and clouds again today with more showers and storms firing up during the peak of the daytime heating process this afternoon and this evening.

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