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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Meteorologist James Spann will be visiting Coosa County tomorrow to hold a book signing event at Triple R Cafe, located along U.S. Highway 231 in Rockford.
The book signing will be held from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. at the local restaurant. Spann posted on social media encouraging individuals to come get a “personally signed copy” of his books, “All you can do is Pray” and “Weathering Life.”
In addition to Spann’s two books, copies of the “Benny and Chipper” series for children will also be available.
In addition to books, Spann will also have hats and T-shirts available for purchase from Crest Publishers. One shirt design includes Spann’s popular advice to “respect the polygon,” while other designs picture Spann rolling up his sleeves or feature “the Alabama state bird,” a trampoline.
Spann has stated that they have “lots of fun” at these events and take numerous photos. Coosa County residents are invited to come out to Rockford tomorrow to meet Spann, take photos, buy merchandise, and get books signed.
Those who are unable to make it to the in-person event can also buy the books, T-shirts and other merchandise online at www.spannbook.com or www.crestpublishers.com.
Spann has worked in the field for 45 years and has served as the chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40 out of Birmingham for more than 25 years. He is an American Meteorological Survey, or AMS, certified meteorologist and is also host of the WeatherBrains podcast, which he started in 2006.
Spann has also received what are reported to be the two highest awards in the nation for a broadcast meteorologist. Those include “Broadcaster of the Year” by the National Weather Association and the AMS’ “Award for Broadcast Meteorology.”
According to the NWA, Spann was selected as a recipient of the broadcaster of the year award for “his passionate dedication to serving the Central Alabama community with critical weather information for over 30 years, especially during the deadly April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak.”
The AMS stated that Spann was the winner of the broadcast meteorology award, in part, because of “his tireless efforts to advance the public’s awareness of and engagement in the science of meteorology, particularly severe weather forecasting and response.”