James Spann Shares His Experience with the April 27th Generational Tornado Outbreak in New Memoir
James Spann is still haunted by the memories of April 27, 2011. 252 Alabamians lost their life during a generational outbreak that spawned 62 tornadoes in Alabama in a single day.
He's sharing his thoughts in a new memoir titled All You Can Do Is Pray--a phrase many Tuscaloosans remember Spann saying on April 27, 2011.
As the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 33/40 and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, Spann is seen as THE weather authority in Alabama, and that's a responsibility that weighs heavily on his heart.
I didn't mention this yesterday; I wanted the day to be about honoring the 252 souls lost April 27, 2011.
"I needed to write the words down. The science behind the April 27, 2011 generational tornado outbreak. What it was really like in that studio that day in front of the green wall with what felt like the weight of the world on your shoulders," Spann said.
"[I]f I didn't write this book I would be haunted every day for the rest of my life," Spann said. "[And] most importantly, I had to share stories of those who experienced the 62 tornadoes first hand. Some who survived, some who did not."
All You Can Do Is Pray is available for pre-sale now with orders to ship soon.