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Birmingham Met: Tornado Siren Mentality Could “Cost Lives”

In ABC, Alabama, Birmingham, Weather on March 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

James Spann (Courtesy: WBMA)

Meteorologist James Spann, known for his severe weather coverage throughout the state of Alabama, criticized the warning system used by many to alert countless residents of severe weather.

He told NPR in an interview earlier this week that people can become too reliant on sirens.

“In the siren mentality, it’s the idea that you’re always going to hear a tornado siren before a tornado strikes,” Spann said in the article. “And I believe it’s a farce.”

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Video Looks Back on Deadly 2011 Tornadoes, Showcases Broadcasters’ Perspectives

In ABC, Alabama, CBS, FOX, Huntsville-Decatur, NBC, Weather on February 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

Tuscaloosa EF5 Tornado (Courtesy: FOX 6)

The deadly tornadoes that swept through Alabama and Missouri in 2011 also made many meteorologists in those areas local heroes because of their reporting during those disasters.

A recently-posted video, produced by students from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Alabama, not only looks back on those intensely devastating days, but also shows how local television and radio stations helped so many get to safety.

The full seven-minute montage is after the jump.

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Alabama Meteorologist Criticizes Diane Sawyer Over Tornado Warning Claims

In ABC, Alabama, Birmingham, Social Media, Weather on January 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

James Spann (Courtesy: WBMA)

Diane Sawyer, from her Monday (Jan. 23) broadcast

Chief Meteorologist James Spann, who works for ABC affiliate WBMA in Birmingham, Ala., isn’t too thrilled with Diane Sawyer.

It’s because of a claim she made on a Monday broadcast of “World News Tonight,” saying those tornadoes which came through the state in the wee hours of the morning “took the South by surprise, no warning.”

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