By Opelika
Observer Staff

Beloved television personality and Alabama weatherman James Spann visited Opelika’s Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library last Saturday to conduct a book-signing ceremony for copies of his recently released autobiography “Weathering Life.”
The autobiography chronicles Spann’s life growing up in a single-mother household in Tuscaloosa, his journey to becoming one of Alabama’s and the Southeast’s most beloved and well-known meteorologists, and the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that ultimately motivated him to write this memoir.
“I have never considered my life that interesting, but I now know many people come from similar struggles, and deal with the same issues and ghosts from life events, both current and past. I hope people are encouraged when they read the book, and understand you can live out your dream despite challenging circumstances,” Spann said about the book’s contents.
Lee County Emergency Agency PIO Rita Smith joined Spann at the event, manning a weather-preparedness table and gave away several NOAA weather radios.
Pictured bottom left is West Forest student Thaniel Hinz with his mother and Spann.
Copies of Spann’s book can be purchased for $19.95 online at
Spann currently serves as the chief meteorologist for Birmingham’s WBMA, an ABC affiliate.