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Featured Meteorologist – James Spann

James Spann - Birmingham, AL.

James has served as the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 33/40 for 20 years.
James has been a television weather anchor for 38 years.

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Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?

Most memorable would be April 27, 2011. A total of 62 tornadoes in my state in one day, 252 dead.

Southern US Tornado outbreak. April 27th 2011

Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?

Least favorite: heat wave/drought.
Favorite: snow/winter storms

Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?

If not a meteorologist, I would be a fourth grade science teacher

Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?

There is no better place to live than Birmingham Alabama if you are weather weenie. You get it all. Tropical, winter storms, severe storms, tornadoes, floods, and of course, beautiful days. Greatest weather market in the world for diversity.

Question 5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I want to spend the rest of my career getting the weather enterprise on the same page with a simple, unified message during life threatening weather. We are at a dangerous fork in the road, and we need to pull together now by putting aside territorial boundaries, pride, egos, and power.
I am hoping to start this process at the AMS broadcast conference this summer in Kansas City.I am a pretty boring person; I love hosting WeatherBrains every week, and this is my bio:
I really haven’t slept since 1973, but I still love coming to work every day.


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