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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Wet Tomorrow; Then Mostly Dry Friday And Over The Weekend

Wet Tomorrow; Then Mostly Dry Friday And Over The Weekend

| September 26, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

WET: We will continue to forecast a good chance of rain at times tonight and tomorrow with a few embedded thunderstorms. Additional rain amounts of 1-2 inches are possible; keep in mind some places saw over three inches of rain today. The sky will remain mostly cloudy, and once again we won’t get out of the 70s tomorrow.

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Wet Is The Word For Alabama

Wet Is The Word For Alabama

| September 26, 2018 @ 5:36 am

WET THROUGH TOMORROW: A widespread, beneficial rain event is ahead for Alabama over the next 48 hours as a deep upper trough pushes a cold front in our direction. Rain is extensive this morning over the northern third of the state, and NWS Huntsville has issued a flash flood watch for the Tennessee Valley today.

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Rain/Storms Likely Tomorrow and Thursday

Rain/Storms Likely Tomorrow and Thursday

| September 25, 2018 @ 3:22 pm

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms continue to increase across Alabama this afternoon… some of the heaviest rain was falling over the western counties of the state, near the Mississippi border. We also note a few storms have reached severe limits over the southeastern tip of the state around Abbeville and Dothan. Showers and storms are moving northeast.

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Generally Wet Weather Continues Through Thursday

Generally Wet Weather Continues Through Thursday

| September 25, 2018 @ 6:00 am

MID-WEEK: A deep upper trough will dig down into the Central U.S. over the next few days, pushing a cold front in our direction. This will keep our weather wet through tomorrow and Wednesday with periods of rain and a few thunderstorms. Additional rain amounts of 2-3″ are likely over the northern half of the state. Like yesterday, a few strong storms are possible, but organized severe weather is not expected.

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Occasional Showers/Storms Through The Week

Occasional Showers/Storms Through The Week

| September 24, 2018 @ 3:36 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, we have a number of showers and thunderstorms in progress across Alabama this afternoon; they are moving slowly northward. Some are producing heavy rain and lightning, but they are all well below severe limits. We will maintain the chance of showers tonight in the moist, unstable air over Alabama.

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Wet/Unsettled Weather For Alabama This Week

Wet/Unsettled Weather For Alabama This Week

| September 24, 2018 @ 6:27 am

WET PATTERN DEVELOPING: Birmingham has received less than one inch (0.89″) of rain during the entire month of September, so conditions are getting pretty dry around here. In fact, the last day with over 1/2″ of rain was back on August 1. The good news is that a wet pattern is setting up across Alabama and the Deep South this week as the upper ridge weakens, move eastward, and a surface front approaches.

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Not As Hot; Scattered Showers/Storms

Not As Hot; Scattered Showers/Storms

| September 21, 2018 @ 3:24 pm

RADAR CHECK: Most of the showers and storms across the northern half of Alabama are east of I-65 this afternoon… they are showing little movement, and will fade away once the sun goes down later this evening. Otherwise, we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures not as hot as recent days… generally between 85 and 90 degrees. The average high at Birmingham for September 21 is 84 degrees.

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College Football Weather Forecasts!

College Football Weather Forecasts!

| September 21, 2018 @ 8:08 am

James Spann’s video forecast for all the SEC games this weekend plus UAB, Samford and Jax State.

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A Few Widely Scattered Storms Around This Weekend

A Few Widely Scattered Storms Around This Weekend

| September 21, 2018 @ 6:00 am

The upper high responsible for the late season heat wave will weaken a bit and drift to the east over the next few days; we project highs today and over the weekend in the 87-91 degree range with a mix of sun and clouds. And, with the air becoming a little more unstable the door is open for a few widely scattered showers and storms each day through Sunday.

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A Few Scattered Storms Tomorrow Through Sunday

A Few Scattered Storms Tomorrow Through Sunday

| September 20, 2018 @ 2:25 pm

ANOTHER SIZZLING HOT DAY: Temperatures are up in the mid 90s again today; some parts of West Alabama are in the upper 90s at mid-afternoon, a good 10-12 degrees above average for mid-September. The sky is mostly sunny, and showers remain very hard to find on radar.

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Cool Air About One Week Away; Scattered Storms Return Tomorrow

Cool Air About One Week Away; Scattered Storms Return Tomorrow

| September 20, 2018 @ 5:49 am

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: The upper high weakens a bit, the air aloft becomes a little colder, and moisture levels rise. We will bring in the potential for random, scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly from 1:00 until 11:00 p.m. on these three days. Odds of any one place seeing a shower each day is 30 to 40 percent, and highs will be in 87 to 90 degree range.

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Scattered Showers/Storms Return Friday And Over The Weekend

Scattered Showers/Storms Return Friday And Over The Weekend

| September 19, 2018 @ 3:26 pm

HOT: Birmingham’s high as of 3:15 this afternoon was 96 degrees… making this the second hottest day so far this summer. We reached 97 on September 15, the hottest summer day on the books for this year. The sky is sunny, and bone crushing subsidence (sinking air) under an upper high has put a lid on showers over the northern half of the state. Even down in South Alabama we are seeing only isolated thunderstorms.

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Highs In The 90s Through Tomorrow

Highs In The 90s Through Tomorrow

| September 19, 2018 @ 5:33 am

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge weakens a bit, and as moisture levels rise we will bring “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” back into the forecast on these three days. Chance of any one specific location seeing rain is in the 30/40 percent range; otherwise partly sunny days, fair nights, and highs in the upper 80s. The scattered afternoon showers won’t offer widespread rain, but some communities will see a good downpour.

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More Like August

More Like August

| September 18, 2018 @ 3:27 pm

HOT SEPTEMBER WEATHER: Temperatures are generally in the 90-94 degree range across Alabama this afternoon, well above the average high of 85 for September 18. The sky is mostly sunny, and again today you can pretty much count the number of showers on one hand. The tiny, isolated showers will end once the sun goes down.

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Hot, Mostly Dry Through Mid-Week

Hot, Mostly Dry Through Mid-Week

| September 18, 2018 @ 5:47 am

HOT SEPTEMBER DAYS: Summer will officially end Saturday at 8:54 pm CT… the autumnal equinox. And a summer pattern sure doesn’t want to let go; we will have hot weather through the rest of the week with highs in the low 90s through Thursday. Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only very isolated afternoon showers for the northern two-thirds of the state. Odds of any one spot getting wet through Thursday will remain in the 5-10 percent range.

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Hot September Weather Continues Through The Week

Hot September Weather Continues Through The Week

| September 17, 2018 @ 3:28 pm

SHOWERS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN: You can count the number of showers over the northern two-thirds of Alabama this afternoon on one hand; they were south of Selma, and north of Prattville at 3:15. We do note heavier storms in scattered spots along the Gulf Coast this afternoon. Away from the isolated showers, it is a sunny, hot day with temperatures around 90 degrees. The average high for September 17 at Birmingham is 85.

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Hot, Mostly Dry Weather Continues

Hot, Mostly Dry Weather Continues

| September 17, 2018 @ 6:21 am

SUMMER HANGS IN THERE: Summer doesn’t officially end until this Saturday at 8:54pm; the time of the autumnal equinox when the sun is directly over the equator. A day with approximately 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of darkness. And, summer will hang in there this week thanks to an upper ridge; we are forecasting mostly sunny days and fair nights through Thursday with afternoon showers remaining few and far between. The chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon between now and Thursday is only 5 to 10 percent, and afternoon highs will stay in the low 90s.

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“Red Tide” Conditions In Florida

“Red Tide” Conditions In Florida

| September 15, 2018 @ 4:51 pm

Many are asking about the current “Red Tide” situation at Panama City Beach…. Photo above taken Saturday September 15 by Shaun Winn This information is from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: WHAT IS A RED TIDE? A red tide, or harmful algal bloom (HAB), is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike […]

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