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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Hot Afternoon; Low Humidity

Hot Afternoon; Low Humidity

| August 16, 2019 @ 3:47 pm

DRY AIR: Temperatures are generally between 90 and 97 degrees across Alabama this afternoon, but the air is very dry with dew points down in the 50s in many areas. At 2:30p CT the Shelby County Airport was up to 97 degrees, but the dew point was down to 51, making the relative humidity only 21 percent. Amazingly low for summer in Alabama. The sky is sunny, and there is no rain anywhere in the state. The sky will be clear tonight.

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Hot Afternoons; Humidity Levels Stay Low Today

Hot Afternoons; Humidity Levels Stay Low Today

| August 16, 2019 @ 5:56 am

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much change tomorrow; lots of sun with a high in the 90s… any showers will be confined to the far southern counties. Scattered storms will become more numerous over South Alabama Sunday, but most of North Alabama will stay dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky.

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A “Dry Heat” For Alabama

A “Dry Heat” For Alabama

| August 15, 2019 @ 3:28 pm

BLUE SKY: We have a fall-like sky over Alabama today, but summer-like temperatures. We are seeing mostly mid 90s at mid-afternoon, but the dew point at Birmingham has dropped to 61 degrees, with a relative humidity of only 32 percent. Earlier this week we had dew points in the 70s, making the heat oppressive.

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Dry Through Saturday; Lower Humidity

Dry Through Saturday; Lower Humidity

| August 15, 2019 @ 5:46 am

SUNNY SUMMER DAYS: A dry airmass now covers most of Alabama, meaning humidity values will be lower over the next few days along with slightly cooler nights. Expect a good supply of sunshine on a daily basis through Saturday with lows 90s today and tomorrow, and mid 90s Saturday.

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Dry Through Saturday With Lower Humidity

Dry Through Saturday With Lower Humidity

| August 14, 2019 @ 3:21 pm

NOT AS HOT: As advertised, heat levels are down over the northern half of Alabama this afternoon. Temperature are generally between 88 and 94 with a partly sunny sky. To the south, strong thunderstorms continue to drift slowly southward over the southern quarter of the state. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe storms for South Alabama through the evening hours.

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Lower Heat Levels Today; Storms For South Alabama

Lower Heat Levels Today; Storms For South Alabama

| August 14, 2019 @ 6:16 am

NOT AS HOT: Understand every day in August in Alabama is hot. Today will be hot, but not nearly as hot as recent days thanks to a surface front that moved through overnight. The high today will be in the low 90s over North/Central Alabama, about ten degrees “cooler” than yesterday.

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Strong Storms For North Alabama Tonight; Heat Levels Drop Tomorrow

Strong Storms For North Alabama Tonight; Heat Levels Drop Tomorrow

| August 13, 2019 @ 3:33 pm

TO THE NORTH: A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of Middle Tennessee, and strong storms will likely drop into North Alabama tonight ahead of a surface front. SPC has the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama in a “slight risk” (level 2/5) tonight, with a “moderate risk” down to Tuscaloosa, Sylacauga, and Roanoke. The main threat will come from strong straight line winds.

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Very Hot Again Today; Strong Storms Possible Tonight

Very Hot Again Today; Strong Storms Possible Tonight

| August 13, 2019 @ 5:58 am

ANOTHER HOT AUGUST DAY AHEAD: Alabama’s weather won’t change much today; the sky will be partly to mostly sunny, and most communities will see a high in the upper 90s this afternoon. NWS continues an “excessive heat warning” for West Alabama, with a “heat advisory” for the rest of the state due to the high heat index values expected. A few afternoon showers are possible, but they should be few and far between.

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Heat Levels Back Off Wednesday

Heat Levels Back Off Wednesday

| August 12, 2019 @ 3:36 pm

HOT AFTERNOON: Temperatures are generally in the 93-98 degree range across Alabama this afternoon with a partly sunny sky. We have a few widely scattered showers and storms on radar in areas south and east of Birmingham this afternoon; they are moving very slowly, and will dissipate after sunset.

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Hottest So Far This Summer

Hottest So Far This Summer

| August 12, 2019 @ 5:57 am

HOT IS THE WORD: Based on data at Birmingham, the hottest temperature so far this summer is 97 degrees, recorded on July 6, July 9, August 7, and yesterday (August 11). We are projecting highs in the upper 90s today and tomorrow, and most likely it will be the hottest weather of the summer for many Alabama communities. A heat advisory is in effect for much of the state due to elevated heat index values.

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Sun, Heat, Storms – August In Alabama

Sun, Heat, Storms – August In Alabama

| August 9, 2019 @ 3:19 pm

RADAR CHECK: An organized band of thunderstorms is pushing into West Alabama at mid-afternoon; these storms are moving slowly to the east/southeast, and are producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. Other widely scattered showers and thunderstorms have developed across the central counties of the state. Away from the storms, temperatures are mostly in the 90-95 degree range with a mix of sun and clouds. Storms will fade away tonight after sunset.

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Hot August Weather Continues; A Few Scattered Storms

Hot August Weather Continues; A Few Scattered Storms

| August 9, 2019 @ 5:53 am

DOG DAYS: The weather in August in Alabama is almost always hot and humid, and that is what we will be dealing with around here for the foreseeable future. Look for partly sunny days through the weekend with the usual daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Most of the storms come in random places between 12:00 noon and 10:00 p.m.

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Strong Storms Continue Across Central Alabama

Strong Storms Continue Across Central Alabama

| August 8, 2019 @ 3:29 pm

SCATTERED STRONG STORMS: Radar shows scattered, strong thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon… the more numerous ones are south of I-20, and are producing strong gusty winds and lots of lightning as they move southeast. Away from the storms, we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s.

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Hot, Humid Days With Scattered Afternoon Storms

Hot, Humid Days With Scattered Afternoon Storms

| August 8, 2019 @ 5:45 am

SUN, HEAT, STORMS: Our classic August weather pattern will continue through the weekend. Hot, humid, partly sunny days with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Most of the storms will come from 12:00 noon until 10:00 p.m., but there is always the risk of a rogue late night or morning shower somewhere.

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Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

| August 7, 2019 @ 3:16 pm

RADAR CHECK: Scattered thunderstorms are increasing across Alabama this afternoon; most of them so far are over the northeast counties of the state. Other storms over Arkansas and West Tennessee will move into the state this evening; all of them are moving to the southeast. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for roughly the northern half of Alabama through tonight… some of the heavier storms will be capable of producing strong, gusty straight line winds.

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Hot, Humid,A Few Storms

Hot, Humid,A Few Storms

| August 7, 2019 @ 5:53 am

AUGUST IN ALABAMA: It is that time of the year when we can promise just about every day the weather will be hot and humid with a few scattered storms around. The hardest part is always defining when and where thunderstorms will develop.

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