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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Cold Front Nearing Northwest Alabama

Cold Front Nearing Northwest Alabama

| October 27, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

BIG CHILL TOMORROW: A cold front will pass through Alabama tonight, bringing the coldest air so far this season to our state tomorrow. But today, the weather is comfortable with temperatures mostly in the low 70s this afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky. A few small, isolated showers are on radar over the central counties of the state; scattered showers remain possible over the next few hours, but the most widespread rain with the front will come after 10:00 tonight.

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Rain Tonight; Sharply Colder Tomorrow

Rain Tonight; Sharply Colder Tomorrow

| October 27, 2017 @ 5:58 am

COLDEST AIR SO FAR THIS SEASON ON THE WAY: We warm into the low 70s later with clouds increasing ahead of an approaching cold front. A few scattered showers could break out late this afternoon or this evening, but the most widespread rain comes after 10:00 tonight. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely, and while some thunder is possible, SPC has dropped the “marginal risk” and no severe storms are expected.

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Coldest Air So Far This Season Arrives Saturday

Coldest Air So Far This Season Arrives Saturday

| October 26, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

FINE FALL DAY: As advertised, temperatures have responded nicely to a strong October sun today with readings in the low 70s for most places at mid-afternoon. Tonight will be clear and not as cold as recent nights; lows will be in the upper 40s and low 50s early tomorrow.

RAIN RETURNS: Clouds increase tomorrow ahead of a cold front; there is only a small risk of an afternoon shower over the western half of the state. A few scattered showers are possible tomorrow evening between 6 and 9 p.m… mainly over the western half of Alabama, but the most widespread rain will come late tomorrow night into Saturday morning.

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Coldest Air So Far This Season By Saturday

Coldest Air So Far This Season By Saturday

| October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 am

We warm nicely today with a strong October sun; most communities will enjoy a high in the low 70s this afternoon. Tonight will be fair and not as cold as recent nights.

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Another Chilly Night Ahead; Colder This Weekend

Another Chilly Night Ahead; Colder This Weekend

| October 25, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

GOLDEN DAYS OF FALL: Doesn’t get much better. A cobalt blue sky, excellent visibility, low humidity, and a fresh northwest wind across Alabama today. Temperatures are over 10 degrees below average in most places with readings around 60 degrees at mid-afternoon. Tonight will be clear and cold with lows between 38 and 44 for most places.

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Cool Today; Colder This Weekend

Cool Today; Colder This Weekend

| October 25, 2017 @ 6:43 am

Today will be sunny and cool with a high in the low 60s this afternoon; ten degrees below average for October 25.

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Chilly Night Ahead; Even Colder This Weekend

Chilly Night Ahead; Even Colder This Weekend

| October 24, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

FINE FALL DAY: The sky is mostly sunny across the great state of Alabama this afternoon with temperatures in the 60s. We do note clouds and showers over Middle Tennessee; some of these could clip the northeast corner of our state tonight, but most communities will be dry. By early tomorrow, we project lows in the 38-42 degree range.

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Cool Through Friday; Colder This Weekend

Cool Through Friday; Colder This Weekend

| October 24, 2017 @ 6:08 am

TEMPERATURES BELOW AVERAGE: The average high for October 24 at Birmingham is 73 degrees; we are forecasting a high of 67 this afternoon. The sky will be partly sunny, and we have introduced the risk of isolated showers for North and Northeast Alabama this afternoon and early tonight as a lobe of energy rotates down the back side of the deep upper trough over the eastern half of the nation.

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Cool Days, Chilly Nights Ahead

Cool Days, Chilly Nights Ahead

| October 23, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

COOL OCTOBER DAY: The average high for Birmingham on October 23 is 74 degrees; we are way below that this afternoon with temperatures only in the upper 50s and low 60s in most spots. Clouds linger over parts of the state under a deep upper trough moving through, but the sky becomes clear tonight.

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Rain Moving Out; Cool Week Ahead

Rain Moving Out; Cool Week Ahead

| October 23, 2017 @ 6:26 am

RADAR CHECK: Rain has already ended over the western two-thirds of the state early this morning, and the rain still falling over East Alabama will be out of here soon. Expect gradual clearing this afternoon with temperatures holding in the 60s all day. West winds will gust to 20 mph at times, pushing drier air into the state.

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Dry Weekend; Big Soaker Monday

Dry Weekend; Big Soaker Monday

| October 20, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

DRY THROUGH TOMORROW: High cirrus clouds are moving into Alabama this evening, but the low levels remain dry, and we expect no rain through tomorrow. Tonight won’t be as cool as recent nights; most communities will see a low in the mid 50s early tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon will be pleasantly warm with high close to 80 degrees with a partly sunny sky.

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Rain Returns Sunday Night/Monday

Rain Returns Sunday Night/Monday

| October 20, 2017 @ 5:51 am

ANOTHER CHILLY MORNING: Coldest spot we can find early this morning is Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, with 36 degrees. Most communities are in the 40s, and some are in the low 50s. The sky is clear, and the day ahead will feature a good supply of sunshine with a high in the 77 to 80 degree range.

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Dry Weather Continues Through Saturday

Dry Weather Continues Through Saturday

| October 19, 2017 @ 3:31 pm

FANTASTIC FALL WEATHER: With sunshine in full supply this afternoon, temperatures are generally in the mid 70s, right at seasonal averages for mid to late October. Tonight will be clear and cool again with a low in the mid to upper 40s for most places.

Tomorrow will be another sunny day with a high close to 80; humidity levels remain low.

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Still Dry Through Most Of The Weekend

Still Dry Through Most Of The Weekend

| October 19, 2017 @ 6:22 am

FINE FALL WEATHER CONTINUES: Temperatures are mostly in the 40s across North/Central Alabama early this morning, and we expect another delightful day with ample sunshine and a high in the 70s this afternoon. And, no real change tomorrow; with a sunny sky we rise into the upper 70s.

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Blue Sky And Sunshine

Blue Sky And Sunshine

| October 18, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

Nothing but blue sky and sunshine across Alabama again this afternoon… temperatures are in the 70s after starting off the day in the 40s in most places. The humidity is low, and the day is very comfortable.

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Fantastic Fall Weather

Fantastic Fall Weather

| October 18, 2017 @ 5:51 am

We expect another cloudless sky today with temperatures reaching the mid 70s this afternoon. And, no real change tomorrow and Friday… mostly sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs in the upper 70s both days, early morning lows in the upper 40s for most communities.

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Pleasant Days, Chilly Nights

Pleasant Days, Chilly Nights

| October 17, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

SEVERE CLEAR: Temperatures are around 70 degrees this afternoon across North/Central Alabama under a cloudless sky. The average high for October 17 (for Birmingham) is 75. And, we note it was as cold as 39 degrees in Alabama this morning…that was the low at Cullman and Black Creek.

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Fine Fall Weather Through Friday

Fine Fall Weather Through Friday

| October 17, 2017 @ 5:54 am

Generally speaking this is our coolest morning since early May. The day ahead will feature sunshine in full supply with a high in the mid 70s. The humidity will stay low. Not much change through Friday as the delightful early autumn weather continues. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s and 50s.

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Cool Night Ahead

Cool Night Ahead

| October 16, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

Tonight will be chilly; we drop into the mid 40s by daybreak tomorrow. The last time Birmingham had a temperature below 50 degrees was back on May 8 when the low was 49.

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Refreshing Weather Change For Alabama Today

Refreshing Weather Change For Alabama Today

| October 16, 2017 @ 6:25 am

The sky becomes mostly sunny today with a cool north wind of 12-22 mph; the high over North/Central Alabama will be in the 65-70 degree range. Tonight will be clear and cool with temperatures in the 40s by daybreak tomorrow.

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Much Cooler Air Arrives Monday

Much Cooler Air Arrives Monday

| October 13, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

SUMMER-LIKE AFTERNOON: Temperatures have climbed around 30 degrees from the lows we enjoyed this morning; most places are in the mid to upper 80s this afternoon. So far, Birmingham’s high is 88 degrees, within three degrees of the record high for October 13 of 91, set in 1963. The air is dry, and the sky […]

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Warm Afternoons Through Sunday; Cooler Next Week

Warm Afternoons Through Sunday; Cooler Next Week

| October 13, 2017 @ 5:59 am

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, warm, and more humid with a high in back in the mid 80s. And, most of the day Sunday will be warm and dry with a high between 82 and 85 degrees along with a mix of sun and clouds. But, we will bring in a chance of showers late Sunday and Sunday night ahead of a cold front. Nothing too heavy or widespread; rain amounts will be under 1/4″ for most places.

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Cool Tonight; Afternoons Stay Warm Through Sunday

Cool Tonight; Afternoons Stay Warm Through Sunday

| October 12, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

FEELING MUCH BETTER: It is much more like fall across the northern half of Alabama today with temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s and noticeably lower humidity levels. The southern counties are still feeling summer with temperatures well up in the 80s.

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Lower Humidity, But Afternoons Stay Warm

Lower Humidity, But Afternoons Stay Warm

| October 12, 2017 @ 5:52 am

COOL MORNING: A cold front is lined up this morning roughly from near Grove Hill to Montgomery To Lafayette; north of that boundary temperatures feel more more like fall with mostly 50s and low 60s, but to the south muggy air still hangs over South Alabama.

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Cold Front Pushing Through North Alabama

Cold Front Pushing Through North Alabama

| October 11, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

DRIER AIR MOVING IN: Not too hard to find the cold front over North Alabama this afternoon… at 3:00, south of the front, Birmingham reported 86 degrees, while north of the front Muscle Shoals was at a cool 68. The front is passing through in dry fashion; there is no rain on radar at mid-afternoon.

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Drier Air Filters Into Alabama Later Today

Drier Air Filters Into Alabama Later Today

| October 11, 2017 @ 5:51 am

FOGGY START: We have a dense fog advisory up for the southern two-thirds of the state early this morning; visibility is under 1/4 mile in some spots. The fog will dissipate by mid-morning; otherwise expect a partly sunny sky today with only isolated showers… most places will be dry. And, the weather stays warm with a high in the 80s.

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Drier Air Arrives Thursday/Friday

Drier Air Arrives Thursday/Friday

| October 10, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Drier air begins to creep into the state tomorrow; any showers will be few and far between… otherwise the day will be partly sunny with a high in the mid 80s. Then, humidity values will be noticeably lower Thursday and Friday with cooler nights.

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Tropical Air; Showers/Storms Remain Possible

Tropical Air; Showers/Storms Remain Possible

| October 10, 2017 @ 6:01 am

MUGGY MORNING: Again we are swimming in air featuring dewpoints up in the 70s this morning; all thanks to our friend Nate that blew through here Sunday. Precipitable water values remain over two inches, which is very high even for mid-summer. Today will be mostly cloudy with the risk of a few passing showers or thunderstorms; the higher coverage will come this afternoon and early tonight. And, we stay warm with a high in the low to mid 80s today.

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Wet At Times Through Tomorrow

Wet At Times Through Tomorrow

| October 9, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

We will forecast occasional showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two through tomorrow as we remain in this moist environment. For most places, rain amounts will be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range over the next 36 hours.

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Nate Leaves A Pure Tropical Airmass Over Alabama

Nate Leaves A Pure Tropical Airmass Over Alabama

| October 9, 2017 @ 5:48 am

AIR YOU CAN WEAR: While Nate is long gone, he left behind a pure, tropical airmass over Alabama this morning with dew points in the 70s. More like the middle of July instead of the middle of October. And, we have rain showers over parts of East and Southeast Alabama at daybreak…

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