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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Looking At The Situation For Later Today And Tonight

Looking At The Situation For Later Today And Tonight

| July 21, 2018 @ 8:09 am

FORECAST NOT GETTING ANY EASIER: An unusual pattern for July continues over the eastern U.S., with strong jet dynamics coming into play thanks to a deep upper trough digging southward. The strong wind fields aloft, along with the usual summer instability, will keep the risk of severe storms in the forecast through tonight. And, as we have pointed out in recent days, these “northwest flow” events are challenging to forecast. Computer models are of little use, and we don’t have much experience since almost all of our organized severe weather days in Alabama are “southwest flow” events.

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The Midnight Hour (Almost)

The Midnight Hour (Almost)

| July 20, 2018 @ 11:31 pm

Anyone remember the song by Wilson Pickett? “I’m gonna wait ’till the midnight hour That’s when my love come tumbling down I’m gonna wait ’till the midnight hour When there’ no one else around I’m gonna take you, girl, and hold you And do all things I told you, in the midnight hour” THE ALABAMA […]

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Waiting And Watching

Waiting And Watching

| July 20, 2018 @ 8:53 pm

QUIET SO FAR: Despite a very unstable environment, so far severe storms are a no-show across Arkansas, West Tennessee, and the northern part of Mississippi and Alabama despite the current tornado watch in effect. Seems like a capping inversion (a “cap”) a few thousand feet off the ground is keeping air parcels from rising to the level of free convection, when storms would then go up.

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Severe Storms Possible Tonight/Tomorrow

Severe Storms Possible Tonight/Tomorrow

| July 20, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT TONIGHT: SPC maintains an enhanced risk (level 3/5) of severe storms for parts of Northwest Alabama, with the standard “slight risk” (level 2/5) down to Demopolis, Prattville, and Roanoke. There is a marginal risk of severe storms as far south as Evergreen and Troy.

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Early Afternoon Update

Early Afternoon Update

| July 20, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

Not much change in our thinking for tonight… an organized batch of storms will move across the northern 2/3 of Alabama. *Storms will move from northwest to southeast… so they enter the Tennessee Valley first around 7 p.m. *The main threat will come from damaging straight line winds, although an isolated tornado is possible. *There […]

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Severe Storms Possible Tonight

Severe Storms Possible Tonight

| July 20, 2018 @ 6:28 am

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR ALABAMA THROUGH TOMORROW: An unusually active pattern for July is ahead for Alabama. On the maps, we have a strong upper high to the west, which is responsible for triple digit heat for much of Texas and Oklahoma. And, there is an upper trough with strong wind fields from the Great Lakes down into the southern U.S. This will provide dynamic support for strong to severe thunderstorms for Alabama over the next 36 hours.

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Severe Storms Possible Tomorrow Night

Severe Storms Possible Tomorrow Night

| July 19, 2018 @ 3:21 pm

RADAR CHECK: We started off this day with a batch of rain and storms this morning over Northwest Alabama… but this afternoon the action has shifted over to the eastern counties of the state on the outflow of the morning storms. Most of the rain at mid-afternoon was east of a line from Anniston to Selma; some places there are seeing heavy amounts of rain.

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Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

| July 19, 2018 @ 6:30 am

SUN, HEAT, STORMS: The weak front that drifted into North Alabama has pretty much dissipated, and Alabama is in a moist, unstable airmass this morning. We note a few showers over parts of West Alabama around daybreak, and we will deal with scattered showers and thunderstorms through the day, with most of them coming this afternoon and early tonight. Chance of any one spot getting wet is around one in three; otherwise the day will feature a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the low 90s.

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Hot Afternoon; A Few Storms

Hot Afternoon; A Few Storms

| July 18, 2018 @ 3:22 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers are few and far between across the northern third of Alabama this afternoon… but we do have a few heavier storms south of I-20 as I write this update at 3:15p CT. Heavy rain was falling over parts of Shelby County, and in the broad zone from Montgomery over to Alexander City and Opelika. Storms are moving slowly to the south, and will fade away later this evening once the sun goes down. Temperatures are in the low 90s in most places, but of course it is cooler where thunderstorms have formed.

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Showers/Storms Most Numerous Over South Alabama Today

Showers/Storms Most Numerous Over South Alabama Today

| July 18, 2018 @ 6:42 am

ON THE MAPS: A weak surface front is creeping through North Alabama this morning; it represents the leading edge of drier air over Tennessee and Kentucky. The front will stall out around I-20 today, meaning the most numerous showers and storms should be over the southern two-thirds of the state this afternoon. Understand we could see a few showers over North Alabama today as well, but they should be pretty isolated. Otherwise, today will be partly sunny with a high in the low 90s.

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Drier Air Creeps Into North Alabama Tomorrow

Drier Air Creeps Into North Alabama Tomorrow

| July 17, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

ON THE MAPS: A surface front is drifting southward through Tennessee this afternoon, and we have a number of showers and thunderstorms over the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama at mid-afternoon. We will maintain the chance of showers and storms tonight as the front pushes into our state from the north. Heavier storms will be capable of producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning.

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Storms Still Possible Today; Drier Tomorrow

Storms Still Possible Today; Drier Tomorrow

| July 17, 2018 @ 5:49 am

MUGGY MORNING: The radar is quiet early this morning across Alabama, but humidity levels remain sky high, and we expect scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms by afternoon, thanks to the daytime heating process and an approaching surface front. Chance of any one spot getting wet later today is in the 50/60 percent range, and the high will be close to 90 before storms develop.

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Drier Air To Creep Into North Alabama Wednesday

Drier Air To Creep Into North Alabama Wednesday

| July 16, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

RADAR CHECK: The weather is relatively quiet over North/Central Alabama this afternoon thanks to a batch of showers and storms that moved through earlier today. The morning convection left behind rain-cooled, stable air with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. We do note a few strong storms on radar at mid-afternoon over Pickens, Greene, and Sumter Counties in West Alabama…. they are drifting slowly to the south.

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Showers/Storms Fire Up Later Today

Showers/Storms Fire Up Later Today

| July 16, 2018 @ 5:57 am

AIR YOU CAN WEAR: Deep moisture continues to cover Alabama today with precipitable water values in excess of 2 inches across much of the state. We note a few rogue showers early this morning over West Alabama, but the bulk of the showers and storms will come this afternoon and early tonight. Like recent days, the storms that form will be rather random, but they will be capable of producing heavy rain and some flooding, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. The chance of any one spot getting wet will be in the 60/70 percent range, and the high will be between 87 and 91 for most places.

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Muggy Weekend Ahead With Afternoon Storms

Muggy Weekend Ahead With Afternoon Storms

| July 13, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, we have your classic case of random, scattered showers and thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon. Where storms have developed, they are producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lighting. The southern part of the Birmingham metro was under a flood advisory at mid-afternoon.

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Afternoon Storms Fire Up Again Later Today

Afternoon Storms Fire Up Again Later Today

| July 13, 2018 @ 5:55 am

MORNING SUN, AFTERNOON STORMS: Hot, humid weather continues across Alabama today with a good supply of sunshine this morning, followed by random, scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Most of the storms will come from 1:00 until 11:00 p.m.; the chance of any one location getting wet today will be in the 40/50 percent range. And, as is typically the case, storm that pop up will be capable of producing gusty wind, heavy rain, and lots of lightning.

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