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 Good Chance For Alabama To Dry Out

A Good Chance For Alabama To Dry Out

| November 16, 2018 @ 3:22 pm

DRY DAYS: Birmingham has received 4.98 inches of rain this month, and we have a surplus of 2.49″ for the year, so we certainly can sit back and enjoy a fairly long stretch of dry weather in the days ahead. Tonight will be clear with a low in the 30s for most places around the state; colder spots across North Alabama will see another freeze early tomorrow morning.

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Dry Through Thanksgiving Week

Dry Through Thanksgiving Week

| November 16, 2018 @ 5:54 am

COLD START, NICE WARM-UP: Temperatures are generally in the 20s across the northern half of the state this morning, with freezing temperatures deep into South Alabama. But, we warm nicely today with sunshine in full supply.. we project a high in the mid to upper 50s this afternoon. Tonight will be clear and cold; the early tomorrow will be generally in the mid to upper 30s, but colder pockets will see another freeze.

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Long Dry Spell Ahead

Long Dry Spell Ahead

| November 15, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

CLEARING: As advertised… the sky is clearing across the great state of Alabama this afternoon. The sky is sunny from Birmingham south and west, and the lingering clouds over Northeast Alabama will move out this evening. Also as advertised, it is very cold for mid-November. In fact, temperatures are about 30 degrees below average with most places across the northern half of the state only in the 30s. Cullman and Fort Payne were still below freezing at mid-afternoon.

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Gradual Clearing This Afternoon, Brighter And Warmer Days Ahead

Gradual Clearing This Afternoon, Brighter And Warmer Days Ahead

| November 15, 2018 @ 6:01 am

FLURRIES: A cold core upper low is lifting northward, away from Alabama, but there is just enough moisture and lift this morning for a few snow flurries in scattered pockets over the northern half of the state. They won’t last long, and there is no impact. No need to panic… (we will tell you when to panic). FYI… the earliest occurrence of snow flurries in a season at Birmingham came on October 20, 1913.

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Rain Ends Tonight; Cloudy And Very Cold Tomorrow

Rain Ends Tonight; Cloudy And Very Cold Tomorrow

| November 14, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

COLD, WET DAY: Widespread rain continues to fall across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures only in the 30s and 40s, about 30 degrees below average for mid-November. The rain will end from west to east tonight as the upper low to the west lifts out to the northeast.

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Cold and Wet Today; Brighter Weather By Friday

Cold and Wet Today; Brighter Weather By Friday

| November 14, 2018 @ 5:33 am

MORE COLD RAIN: A deep, cold core upper low over Northeast Texas will lift out today, bringing widespread rain to Alabama over the next 24 hours. It will be a cold rain with temperatures holding in the 30s and 40s all day; keep in mind our average high is in the mid 60s in the middle of November. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely, not enough for any really significant flooding issues.

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Cold, Wet, Soggy Weather Continues

Cold, Wet, Soggy Weather Continues

| November 13, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

COLD NOVEMBER DAY: Temperatures have been slowly falling across Alabama today; at 3:00 Cullman has dropped to 38 degrees with a thick cloud cover… most other North/Central Alabama communities are in the 40-45 degree range. The cold air has reached the coast, where Mobile reports 49 degrees. Widespread rain continues to fall in a broad zone from Mobile to Montgomery to Roanoke.

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Cold, Wet Weather Through Thursday

Cold, Wet Weather Through Thursday

| November 13, 2018 @ 6:19 am

COLD, DAMP, SOGGY: An upper trough is hanging back to the west of Alabama, and we remain in a broad southwest flow aloft with a moist airmass below. Cloudy and cold weather continues today with light rain/drizzle at times. A warm front is over the extreme southern part of the state, and we have some 60s near the Florida state line early this morning, but cold air will eventually push southward later today and tonight. For North/Central Alabama, most communities will hold in the 45-50 degree range all day.

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Cold, Wet Weather Continues Through Mid-Week

Cold, Wet Weather Continues Through Mid-Week

| November 12, 2018 @ 3:33 pm

COLD SOAKER: As advertised, just about every square inch of Alabama has been soaked today. With a broad upper trough to the west, a warm front to the south, and a very moist airmass in place, we will continue to forecast rain for North Alabama tonight, with potential for strong storms over far South Alabama, near the warm front. A tornado watch remains in effect for Deep South Alabama until 7pm CT.

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Soaking, Cold Rain Today

Soaking, Cold Rain Today

| November 12, 2018 @ 5:58 am

WET IS THE WORD: Just about every square inch of Alabama should see a soaking rain during the first half of this week. A broad surface low will move along the Gulf Coast region today; rain is widespread this morning, and rain continues tonight into at least part of the day tomorrow. The air just off the coast is unstable, and as that lifts into far South Alabama a few severe storms are possible there today. A tornado watch is in effect until 12 noon for Mobile and Baldwin counties.

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Freeze Warning For Much Of North Alabama

Freeze Warning For Much Of North Alabama

| November 9, 2018 @ 3:16 pm

HERE COMES THE COLD AIR: As forecast, temperatures have been falling across much of North Alabama this afternoon in the wake of a cold front that passed through earlier today; rain continues south and east of the front. The rain will continue to end over the next few hours, and the sky will clear from the northwest. By daybreak tomorrow, much of North Alabama will be at or below 32 degrees, and a freeze warning remains in effect.

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Rain This Morning, Then Falling Temperatures

Rain This Morning, Then Falling Temperatures

| November 9, 2018 @ 6:31 am

WET START: Rain is fairly widespread across Alabama early this morning ahead of a cold front about to enter the northwest corner of the state. Temperatures are between 55 and 60 degrees across the northern and central counties of the state, and this will be pretty much the high of the day. The rain will end during the midday hours, northwesters winds will increase, and temperatures will fall into the 40s by mid to late afternoon.

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Freezing Temperatures Possible This Weekend

Freezing Temperatures Possible This Weekend

| November 8, 2018 @ 3:33 pm

RADAR CHECK: We are seeing some patchy light rain over the northern half of Alabama this afternoon… heavier thunderstorms are over South Alabama, south of a stalled surface front. Temperatures are in the 50s over North Alabama, but Dothan, down in the southeast corner of the state, reported 81 degrees earlier this afternoon. Some rain remains possible tonight across the state with a cloudy sky.

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Unsettled Through Tomorrow; Much Colder This Weekend

Unsettled Through Tomorrow; Much Colder This Weekend

| November 8, 2018 @ 5:57 am

RADAR CHECK: A band of rain and storms is pushing through Alabama early this morning… some of you will hear some thunder, but the storms are not severe. We will continue to mention periods of rain today and tonight… otherwise the sky will be cloudy with a high close to 60 degrees. There is a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe storms over Southeast Alabama today below a stalled surface front.

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