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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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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Dry, Warm Weather Continues Today

Dry, Warm Weather Continues Today

| June 27, 2017 @ 6:29 am

PLEASANT MORNING, WARM AFTERNOON: While most places are in the low to mid 60s, cooler pockets are back in the cool 50s across the northern half of Alabama this morning. We project a good supply of sunshine today with a high in the 85-88 degree range this afternoon.

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Moisture Returns Later This Week

Moisture Returns Later This Week

| June 26, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

VERY PLEASANT JUNE DAY: It was a cool as 50 degrees in Alabama early this morning (that was the low at Valley Head in DeKalb County), and this afternoon temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s with a good supply of sunshine and low humidity values/dewpoints.

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A Chance To Dry Out

A Chance To Dry Out

| June 26, 2017 @ 6:33 am

Today will be mostly sunny and pleasant; the high will be in the mid 80s with low humidity.

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Isolated Tornadoes Remain Possible Today

Isolated Tornadoes Remain Possible Today

| June 23, 2017 @ 5:51 am

A layer of deep tropical moisture remains in place across Alabama this morning with dew points in the mid 70s, and precipitable water values in the 95th percentile. Areas of rain are on radar at daybreak over the northern two-thirds of the state.

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Dual Threat Of Flooding/Isolated Tornadoes Today

Dual Threat Of Flooding/Isolated Tornadoes Today

| June 22, 2017 @ 5:54 am

CINDY IS INLAND: Tropical Storm Cindy moved ashore early this morning near the Sabine Pass… the Texas/Louisiana border… well to the west of Alabama. But, as discussed often here, the impact of the tropical storm extends well to the east, and Cindy is responsible for a fetch of moisture from the deep tropics moving right into our state this morning.

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Flooding Threat Continues; Isolated Tornadoes

Flooding Threat Continues; Isolated Tornadoes

| June 21, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video due to ongoing severe weather in far South Alabama** DANGEROUS STORMS OVER SOUTH ALABAMA: As I write this at 2:50p CT a dangerous storm with a possible was approaching Foley in southern Baldwin County… Photo below is from @coachjay37 A tornado watch is in effect for much of the Central […]

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Cindy To Soak Alabama Through Friday

Cindy To Soak Alabama Through Friday

| June 21, 2017 @ 6:42 am

CINDY STATS: Tropical Storm Cindy is in the Gulf of Mexico in a highly sheared environment. Sustained winds have increased to 60 mph, but the system is not expected to reach hurricane strength, and landfall should come early tomorrow morning near the Sabine Pass… the Texas/Louisiana border.

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Tropical Rain, Heavy At Times, Through Thursday

Tropical Rain, Heavy At Times, Through Thursday

| June 20, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

A stalled surface front just north of I-20 will drift northward, and much of Alabama will be in an airmass with copious amounts of deep tropical moisture in coming days, setting the stage for a big June rain event.

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Tropical Downpours Ahead For Alabama

Tropical Downpours Ahead For Alabama

| June 20, 2017 @ 7:19 am

TROPICAL DOWNPOURS AHEAD: All eyes will are on the disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico; it will set the stage for periods of heavy rain and potential for flooding across the Deep South in coming days.

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Weekend Mix Of Sun And Storms

Weekend Mix Of Sun And Storms

| June 16, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

So far, the radar has been quiet across Alabama today. But, morning clouds are giving way to afternoon sun, and there is still potential for showers and storms to form during the next few hours. SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe storms defined for much of West and South Alabama.

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Mix Of Sun And Storms For Alabama

Mix Of Sun And Storms For Alabama

| June 16, 2017 @ 6:28 am

A moist airmass remains parked across the state today, and with a broad upper trough over the region and a weak northwest flow aloft, we will maintain the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms through early tonight. The rain won’t be as widespread as yesterday… but more scattered in nature.

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Strong Storms Possible Later Today

Strong Storms Possible Later Today

| June 15, 2017 @ 6:35 am

ACTIVE AFTERNOON POSSIBLE: There is just one lone shower on radar at daybreak, on the Greene/Pickens County line south of Aliceville. Temperatures are in the upper 60s and low 70s with a mostly fair sky.

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Strong Storms Possible Tomorrow

Strong Storms Possible Tomorrow

| June 14, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

RADAR CHECK: So far, showers and storms are pretty widely scattered across North and Central Alabama today… they are showing very little movement.

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Scattered Storms Increase Tomorrow

Scattered Storms Increase Tomorrow

| June 14, 2017 @ 6:28 am

ANOTHER VERY WARM, HUMID JUNE DAY: Alabama’s weather won’t change much today. Highs in the upper 80s, a partly sunny sky, and widely scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and early tonight. Chance of any one spot getting wet later today about one in four.

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Muggy Days; Scattered Afternoon Storms

Muggy Days; Scattered Afternoon Storms

| June 13, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

While a few showers could form over North Alabama over the next few hours, it looks like most of the showers and storms will remain south of I-20. All showers will fade away later tonight after the sun goes down. Temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s.

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Morning Sun; A Few Afternoon Storms

Morning Sun; A Few Afternoon Storms

| June 13, 2017 @ 6:27 am

TYPICAL JUNE WEATHER: A muggy, maritime tropical airmass covers Alabama and the Deep South this morning, and we expect more routine early summer weather through tomorrow. Partly sunny, humid days with a few scattered showers and storms around, most all of the coming during the peak of the daytime heating process between 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Muggy Days; Scattered Storms

Muggy Days; Scattered Storms

| June 12, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

RADAR CHECK: Most of the showers and storms across Alabama this afternoon are east and south of Birmingham… they are drifting slowly to the west (this “backwards motion” happens fairly often in summer as westerly winds aloft retreat to the north).

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Warm, Humid, Scattered Storms

Warm, Humid, Scattered Storms

| June 12, 2017 @ 6:24 am

TYPICAL JUNE WEATHER: All is quiet across Alabama this morning, but we expect scattered, random showers and storms to develop this afternoon and early tonight in the moist environment across the Deep South. Otherwise, today will be partly sunny with a high in the mid to upper 80s, right at seasonal averages.

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Moist Air Begins To Return Sunday

Moist Air Begins To Return Sunday

| June 9, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

SUNNY SUMMER DAY: With a mostly sunny sky, temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 80s across Alabama this afternoon; nothing showing up on radar. Tonight will be fair and not as cool as recent nights; most locations will see a low in the 60-65 degree range early tomorrow morning.

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Sunshine In Full Supply Today

Sunshine In Full Supply Today

| June 9, 2017 @ 6:00 am

We will warm into the mid 80s today with sunshine in full supply. Tomorrow will be another sunny and very warm day with a high in the upper 80s; a few spots could touch 90 degrees.

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Dry Weather Continues Through Sunday

Dry Weather Continues Through Sunday

| June 8, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

VERY COMFORTABLE FOR JUNE: Another delightful day for Alabama with a good supply of sunshine, low humidity levels, and below average temperatures. We expected a few isolated showers over the eastern side of the state this afternoon, but so far those showers are a no-show; the air is just too dry.

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Mostly Dry Through Sunday

Mostly Dry Through Sunday

| June 8, 2017 @ 5:54 am

With a good supply of sunshine, we expect a high in the low 80s today. While most of the state will be dry, note we are going to see a few isolated showers over the eastern third of the state this afternoon and this evening in response to a weak disturbance rotating down the back side of the upper trough over the eastern third of the nation.

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Mostly Dry Through Sunday

Mostly Dry Through Sunday

| June 7, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

DRIER PATTERN: As advertised, much drier covers Alabama this afternoon, with dew points down into the 50s over the northern half of the state at mid-afternoon. The sky is mostly sunny, and you can just about count the number of showers on one hand.

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