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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Sun, Heat, Humidity, Storms

Sun, Heat, Humidity, Storms

| July 12, 2018 @ 3:33 pm

JULY IN ALABAMA: It is that time of the year when you can say “hot and humid with scattered storms” and be right 99 percent of the time. We have your classic case of random, slow moving, scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon across the great state of Alabama. Some spots are getting heavy rain; we have another flood advisory in effect for Tuscaloosa at mid-afternoon.

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Scattered Showers/Storms Becoming More Numerous

Scattered Showers/Storms Becoming More Numerous

| July 12, 2018 @ 5:51 am

MOISTURE LEVELS RISING: Models continue to show an increase in precipitable water values across Alabama in coming days, and accordingly we expect to see an increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms through the weekend. Most of the showers will come from 1:00 until 11:00 p.m. daily, but in this kind of airmass we can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower in spots. The chance of any one spot getting wet later today is in the 40/50 percent range, then rising to 60/70 percent tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Showers/Storms To Slowly Increase In Number

Showers/Storms To Slowly Increase In Number

| July 11, 2018 @ 3:44 pm

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms are widely scattered across Alabama this afternoon, but where they have formed the rain is heavy… one summer soaker brought over one inch of rain to parts of the southern Birmingham metro. Showers and storms are moving slowly southward, and will fade away late tonight.

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Scattered Storms Statewide Later Today

Scattered Storms Statewide Later Today

| July 11, 2018 @ 5:45 am

MOISTURE LEVELS RISING: For the past two days the eastern half of the state has been in drier air, and accordingly all of the scattered showers and storms have been over the western counties of Alabama. But, the drier air is leaving the state this morning, and we expect scattered showers and thunderstorms statewide later today. The chance of any one spot getting wet this afternoon is 30/40 percent, and the high will be in the low 90s for most places.

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Scattered Storms Over West Alabama

Scattered Storms Over West Alabama

| July 10, 2018 @ 3:49 pm

REST OF THE WEEK: Moisture levels will slowly rise statewide, and we will mention “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” on a daily basis through Friday. Chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow is around 30 percent, and then in he 40/50 percent range Thursday and Friday. Highs will be pretty close to 90 as hot, humid summer weather continues.

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Widely Scattered Showers Later Today

Widely Scattered Showers Later Today

| July 10, 2018 @ 5:55 am

All is calm across the great state of Alabama this morning; temperatures are mostly in the low 70s, but again Northeast Alabama is very pleasant with temperatures as low as 63 degrees, which is the 5am observation at Fort Payne.

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Quiet Afternoon So Far

Quiet Afternoon So Far

| July 9, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

TEMPS BELOW AVERAGE: Temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon… a little below average for mid-July in Alabama. And, as expected, most of the showers are over West and South Alabama in deeper moisture. The northeast part of the state is dry with lower dewpoints.

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Deeper Moisture Over West And South Alabama

Deeper Moisture Over West And South Alabama

| July 9, 2018 @ 5:59 am

DRIER AIR OVER NORTHEAST ALABAMA: There is a fairly sharp moisture gradient across Alabama today; drier air covers the northeast counties of the state at daybreak. Fort Payne has dropped down to 64 degrees, fairly comfortable for July. Deeper moisture lingers over West and South Alabama, and that is where we expect most of the scattered showers and storms today and early tonight.

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Occasional Showers/Storms Over The Weekend

Occasional Showers/Storms Over The Weekend

| July 6, 2018 @ 3:34 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms have increased across the northern half of Alabama this afternoon ahead of a surface boundary over Tennessee. The storms are moving slowly to the southwest, and are producing heavy rain, gusty winds, some small hail, and lots of lightning.

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Unsettled Weekend Weather

Unsettled Weekend Weather

| July 6, 2018 @ 5:58 am

WET AT TIMES: We begin this day with a good supply of sunshine this morning, but developing showers and thunderstorms are a good possibility this afternoon and tonight as a surface front approaches Alabama from the north. The chance of any one spot getting wet later today and tonight is about 50/50, and the high this afternoon will be pretty close to 90 degrees.

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Showers/Storms Increasing In Coming Days

Showers/Storms Increasing In Coming Days

| July 5, 2018 @ 3:20 pm

RADAR CHECK: This is your classic mid-summer day in Alabama. Hot, humid, partly sunny, and we have random, scattered, chaotic showers and storms on radar moving westward. Temperatures are in the 88-92 degree range in most places… right at seasonal averages.

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Morning Sun; Scattered Afternoon Storms

Morning Sun; Scattered Afternoon Storms

| July 5, 2018 @ 6:01 am

HOT, HUMID, SCATTERED STORMS: Not much change in the Alabama weather situation today; we begin the day with ample sunshine this morning, but scattered storms will fire up during the heat of the day this afternoon. Chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in four, and the high will be in the low 90s for most places. Another words, a standard summer day.

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Sun, Heat, Storms

Sun, Heat, Storms

| July 4, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

HAPPY FOURTH! On this Independence Day, we have your classic summer mix of sun, heat, humidity, and thunderstorms. Scattered storms this afternoon are moving westward, on the bottom of a strong upper high to the north. This “backwards” storm motion is pretty common in Alabama during the summer months, when the mid-latitude westerlies shift well to the north.

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Hot, Humid Independence Day Weather; A Few Storms

Hot, Humid Independence Day Weather; A Few Storms

| July 4, 2018 @ 6:25 am

EARLY MORNING FIREWORKS: An easterly wave was responsible for the development of some robust thunderstorms across Alabama during the pre-dawn hours; they brought nature’s fireworks with a vivid lightning display, and in some cases strong, gusty winds. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Shelby and St. Clair Counties a little before 3:00 a.m…. a few trees were brought down by that storm. The storms have mostly dissipated at daybreak.

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Quiet Afternoon In The Weather Office

Quiet Afternoon In The Weather Office

| July 3, 2018 @ 3:09 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms are fewer in number across Alabama today thanks to sinking air motion in the wake of a disturbance over Louisiana that is moving westward. There are a handful of storms on radar over the northern half of the state, but most communities are simply hot and dry with temperatures generally in the low 90s.

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Storms Fewer In Number Today

Storms Fewer In Number Today

| July 3, 2018 @ 5:54 am

ON THE MAPS: A weak upper is not far from New Orleans this morning; this feature brought an enhanced coverage of showers and storms to Alabama yesterday… but it is moving westward, and today should be drier statewide with only widely scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Otherwise, today will be partly to mostly sunny with a high in the low 90s.

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