James Spann James Spann has had a few marathons in his life. Yesterday was one of them. As chief meteorologist for ABC33/40 in Birmingham/Tuscaloosa, he spent eight consecutive hours in front of a green screen yesterday, trying to prevent loss of life as numerous tornadoes ripped across his portion of Alabama.

The network of skycams he pushed the station to purchase provided live video of at least two tornadoes on the ground in Tuscaloosa and Cullman.

We can only guess at how much he helped with more than a hundred already confirmed killed in Alabama as the mile-wide twisters moved across multiple densely populated areas, affecting the homes and businesses of hundreds of thousands. If the fatality rate is less than 1%, then everyone involved, not just James Spann, should feel like they accomplished their goal.

James Spann is to Central Alabama what Batman is to Gotham City

(Screen grab at the top was from an earlier event)