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Alabama NewsCenter — Weather legend James Spann keeps his eyes on the skies for Alabama

| November 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

By Emmett Burnett
Alabama Living

In fall 1962, in Greenville, Alabama’s, W.O. Parmer Elementary School, teacher Edna Earle Porterfield commanded the attention of first-grade students – except for one. A 6-year-old boy opted instead to gaze out the window, observing cloud formations. Suddenly, Ms. Porterfield yanked the youngster from his chair for a hallway conference. He feared the worst.

But the teacher smiled and presented the window-gazing student with a library book. “I noticed you have been looking at clouds,” Porterfield told the youngster. “I thought you might like to know more about it.”

The boy was James Spann, and the incident refocused his life. More changes were to come.

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