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 Summer Days; Strong Summer Storms

Hot Summer Days; Strong Summer Storms

| June 26, 2018 @ 3:23 pm

RADAR CHECK: Again today in the hot, humid environment across Alabama we have random, scattered showers and storms in progress. Stronger storms are producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning, and most of them at mid-afternoon are over the eastern and southern counties of the state.

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Hot, Humid, Afternoon Storms

Hot, Humid, Afternoon Storms

| June 26, 2018 @ 5:51 am

SUMMERTIME IN ALABAMA: New day, old forecast. Must be summer in Alabama. Today’s weather will be hot and humid with a good supply of sunshine this morning; then, during the heat of the afternoon, scattered storms will fire quickly in random places. Like yesterday they could be pretty strong with potential for heavy rain, gusty winds, small hail, and lots of lightning. The main window for the storms will come from around 1:00 until 11:00 p.m… and the chance of any one spot getting wet is around one in three. The high will be in the low to mid 90s for most places, but where storms form temperatures will cool quickly into the 70s.

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Scattered Strong Storms

Scattered Strong Storms

| June 25, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms formed quickly in the hot, humid air over Alabama this afternoon; heavier storms are producing torrential rain, small hail, strong gusty winds, and lots of lightning. We have a few reports of downed trees and power outages as well.

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The 6.22.18 Cullman County Tornado

The 6.22.18 Cullman County Tornado

| June 25, 2018 @ 6:00 am

I was on vacation Friday night, June 22, but weather never stops or sleeps. I worked the severe thunderstorm event that night on social media; Charles Daniel did a wonderful job on ABC 33/40 over on the TV side in my absence. And, there were frequent updates right here on the blog as always. Without […]

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Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

| June 25, 2018 @ 5:52 am

HOT SUMMER DAYS: It is that time of the year when you can say “hot and humid with scattered, mostly afternoon and evening thunderstorms” and get the foreacst right just about every time. An upper ridge and abundant low level moisture will be in place across the Deep South this week providing the typical summertime weather for Alabama. We note the NWS in Birmingham has issued a “heat advisory” for some Central Alabama counties today.

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Hot, Muggy Days With Scattered Storms

Hot, Muggy Days With Scattered Storms

| June 15, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

RADAR CHECK: So far today, the most widespread thunderstorm activity is over the southern half of the state, but a few widely scattered storms are forming as far north as I-20 at mid-afternoon. Away from the storms, we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s at most places. Scattered storms will end late tonight.

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Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

Hot, Humid, Scattered Storms

| June 15, 2018 @ 6:02 am

There is a weak upper low over Southeast Alabama, so when scattered showers and storms develop today they will be moving westward around the top of that circulation. The chance of any one spot getting wet today is about one in three, otherwise we expect a mix of sun and clouds with a high at or just over 90 degrees for most communities.

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Classic June Weather To Continue

Classic June Weather To Continue

| June 14, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

SUN, HEAT, HUMIDITY, STORMS: We have your classic case of random, scattered thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon. As I write this most of the showers were south of I-20… rotating around an MCV (mesoscale convective vortex) over Central Alabama.

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A Mix Of Sun And Storms To Continue

A Mix Of Sun And Storms To Continue

| June 14, 2018 @ 5:59 am

Today will be another warm, very humid day with potential for scattered showers and thunderstorms; most of them will come this afternoon and tonight. The high today will be in the 84-88 degree range for most communities.

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Humid Summer Days With Scattered Storms

Humid Summer Days With Scattered Storms

| June 13, 2018 @ 3:39 pm

RADAR CHECK: As you might expect on a June afternoon, some people are getting wet, while others are enjoying a sunny sky. Heavier storms at mid-afternoon were over Clay and Coosa counties, and over parts of Southwest Alabama between Demopolis and Camden. Showers and storms are moving east/southeast, and will slowly fade late tonight. Temperatures are mostly in the 80s.

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Muggy June Days; Scattered Storms

Muggy June Days; Scattered Storms

| June 13, 2018 @ 5:56 am

A moist, unstable airmass will remain over the state through tomorrow, meaning the weather won’t change much. Some sun at times, and the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. While most of the showers will come during the afternoon and evening hours, a late night or morning shower can’t be ruled out. And, heavier storms will produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and lots of lightning. Afternoon highs will remain in the mid to upper 80s.

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Scattered Strong Storms Again This Afternoon

Scattered Strong Storms Again This Afternoon

| June 12, 2018 @ 3:27 pm

RADAR CHECK: Again this afternoon we have a random pattern of scattered, strong thunderstorms across Alabama. Storms today are moving slowly to the east/southeast, and are producing gusty winds, heavy rain, and lots of lightning. An outflow boundary approaching from the north could bring a band of more organized storms to Northwest Alabama over the next 5-6 hours; SPC has that part of the state under a “marginal risk” of severe storms (level 1 out of 5)….

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Moist, Unstable Air; Scattered Afternoon Storms

Moist, Unstable Air; Scattered Afternoon Storms

| June 12, 2018 @ 6:05 am

NEW DAY, OLD FORECAST: More classic June weather is ahead for Alabama for the rest of the week. Moist, unstable air covers the state, and on a daily basis we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, most active during the afternoon and evening hours…. generally between 1:00 and 11:00 p.m. The chance of any one spot getting wet daily will remain in the 30/40 percent category, and where storms form they will be strong with gusty winds, heavy rain, and lots of lightning.

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Mix Of Sun And Storms To Continue

Mix Of Sun And Storms To Continue

| June 11, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

RADAR CHECK: Again today we have a number of showers and storms in progress, moving slowly to the east. Under them, we have heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. But, for many, it is a partly sunny afternoon with no rain at all. So it goes with random, scattered storms on a June afternoon in Alabama…

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Sun, Heat, Humidity, Storms

Sun, Heat, Humidity, Storms

| June 11, 2018 @ 6:29 am

MUST BE JUNE IN ALABAMA: This is the time of the year when the daily weather forecast doesn’t change much. Hot, humid days with morning sun, and random, scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. See my essay on the summer season here. This is the idea each day this week through Friday. Afternoon […]

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Sun, Heat, Scattered Storms This Weekend

Sun, Heat, Scattered Storms This Weekend

| June 8, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms are few and far between across the northern half of Alabama this afternoon; some of the heavier thunderstorms are over Baldwin County in far South Alabama, where some small hail has been reported.

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