Brains Bios

James SpannJames Spann

I am the Chief Meteorologist for the ABC TV affiliate in Birmingham and produce daily weather forecasts on over two dozen radio stations around the nation. I have been doing the weather on radio and TV since 1978, making me an old geezer, but a guy that still has a blast doing weather across a variety of media platforms. WeatherBrains is my creative outlet of the week; I host the show simply because I have the toys to put it together. I love sitting behind the golden PR-40 every Monday night for our weekly WeatherBrains session.

My TV career started in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the local CBS affiliate at the time, WCFT, Channel 33. Along the way I have spent time at WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Alabama (Channel 12), WVTM in Birmingham (Channel 13), KDFW in Dallas (Channel 4), and WBRC in Birmingham (Channel 6). I have been at my current station since 1996; clearly the longest stop in my long career. And, I hope it is the last!

I hold the AMS CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist)… 33rd in the nation. I wanted to be in the top ten, but I just didn’t have time to take the exam right when the program started.

I have been married to my wife Karen since 1981, and we have two boys that happen to be 13 years apart. One is out of college, the other is in middle school. Away from the weather business, I serve in children’s ministry at a local church and still enjoy amateur radio as my hobby. I hold the extra class license, and my call is WO4W. I am blessed.

Bill MurrayBill Murray

I was factory designed to love weather and have loved it since I came into this world. I am the official weather historian for WeatherBrains. My heroes are David Ludlum, and our very own J.B. Elliott, who we miss very much. Snow is my favorite weather phenomenon, but I am fascinated by hurricanes and tornadoes as well.

My junior year in high school, I did a science project that stopped hurricanes. In May 1979, that project, entitled “Using Monomolecular Sea Surface Polymer Films to Suppress Tropical Cyclone Development” went to the 20th International Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio, Texas where it won several awards.

I did television weather for fun at the CBS affiliate in Birmingham for five years in the early 90s and created a weather company called The Weather Source with John Oldshue. We sold it in 1996. Our group formed The Weather Company in 1998. In 2002, I was asked to author an annual weather calendar published by Andrew McNeel. It puts a lot of my weather trivia information to use. I have been the President of The Weather Factory (originally called The Weather Company) since 1998. I get to do weekend forecasting and severe weather coverage on the AlabamaWX website.

I have been serving as the Guest Booking Officer as well as being a charter Panelist on the WeatherBrains since it began back in 2006.

I also own a hotel management company that manages 34 hotels across the country from New Mexico to Florida. My work on Integral Hospitality Solutions takes me all over the nation, which leads to some interesting settings for my forecasts. Many reports have originated from AMTRAK trains, sporting events, and festivals.

Kim Klockow-McClainKim Klockow-McClain

Kim Klockow-McClain is a research scientist and the societal impacts coordinator for CIMMS/NSSL. Her research involves behavioral science focused on weather and climate risk, especially informed decision- making to support warning response, and issues in the communication of forecast uncertainty.

In addition to research pursuits, Kim is working to develop a formal social scientific research portfolio at CIMMS/NSSL.

Kim previously worked at NOAA headquarters as a policy advisor for social science integration. She was the 2013-2014 AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow, and worked in the office of Senator Jeff Merkley. Prior to her fellowship year, Kim earned her Doctorate in Hazards Geography and Masters of Professional Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, and Bachelors degrees in Economics and Meteorology from Purdue University.

Nate JohnsonNate Johnson

Like many meteorologists and weather enthusiasts, I can point to a single day as the genesis of my fascination with weather. A rare “outbreak” of tornadoes from Georgia through the Carolinas on one Friday night put a pretty good scare into me, and I’ve been hooked on the weather ever since.

These days, the scare is gone, but the fascination remains as strong as ever. I double-majored in meteorology and computer science at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. While there, I worked with a research group conducting real-time mesoscale modeling of the southeastern US, resurrected a student-led forecasting operation for the campus newspaper and radio station, interned (literally) across the street at WRAL-TV, and did some independent research on the NWS Modernization of the 1990s.

After graduating, I moved to Abilene, TX, to be a meteorologist at KTXS-TV. I spent a little more than six wonderful years there, covering more than a few tornadoes and hailstorms, and meeting the woman that would become my wife. After getting married, I “hung up the clicker”, and we moved to College Station, TX. During that time, I worked for Huntsville, AL-based Baron Services, where I did some data product development, implemented a data monitoring system, and had the chance to do radar projects, including dual-pol radar training. In late 2007, I left Baron to move back home and work as a meteorologist and executive producer for WRAL-TV in Raleigh. I returned to NC State for a master’s in communication, where I studied how people get, use, and abuse weather forecast information. I also teach a broadcast meteorology course at NC State and work with the Athletics Department to ensure the safety of Wolfpack fans at some outdoor events.

My biggest hobby outside of work is flying. I started flying in early 2015 and have been logging hours in small aircraft ever since. It’s been a lifelong dream to be able to learn (and keep learning), and I’ve found it’s only reinforced my fascination with the weather. I also enjoy traveling, running, hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends. I am a long-suffering fan of the Chicago Cubs, and in college sports, I pull for both my alma mater (the NC State Wolfpack) and my wife’s alma mater (the Fightin’ Texas Aggies of Texas A&M).

Aubrey UrbanowiczAubrey Urbanowitz

I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where I am a Meteorologist at WHSV, the ABC, CBS and FOX affiliate in Harrisonburg Virginia. I have been at WHSV since 2010 and I am the main evening Meteorologist. I’m from Connecticut but I have lived in many areas along the east coast. I didn’t exactly grow up dreaming of my life as a Broadcast Meteorologist.

My weather career actually sprung from my previous job with Chili’s restaurants. I started traveling for Chili’s and was part of the New Store Opening Team. I did over 40 openings in the 6 years that I traveled. It was on those openings where I got caught in several (7) hurricanes and therefore my passion for weather finally hit me. I think the passion was always there, but it never clicked until 2005.

I decided to go through the Distance program at Mississippi State so I could continue to work and travel, while I finished my degree.

I had a lot of help along my way into Broadcasting, and I interned at WJHL in Johnson City Tennessee. It was there that I learned so much about being on-air and forecasting in the mountains. I also credit my 12 years of training at Chili’s, as helping me have the courage and confidence to stand up every day in front of a camera.

I love my career choice and feel lucky every day to have found a job I truly love. Outside of work I love to still travel, hike, and I enjoy seeing all the history that surrounds this beautiful country. I enjoy cooking, running, and just being outside. I met my husband here in Harrisonburg, and we now have our little Bear (dog).

I never imagined that I would have a job on TV. I was always the shy girl in the corner, who struggled with my science homework. There’s a lot to be said for taking the time to experience each opportunity that you come across. I love having a job where every day is different, and there are always new things to learn.

I’m so thrilled to be part of the Weather Brains crew.

Troy KimmelTroy Kimmel

Troy Kimmel (BS, Geography, Texas A & M University, 1984), Senior Lecturer in Studies in Weather and Climate in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin as well as Chief Meteorologist at KOKE-FM (Austin Radio Network), has been forecasting Austin and south-central Texas weather for over 30 years. He is a full member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, the Association of American Geographers, the International Association of Emergency Managers as well as the Emergency Management Association of Texas.

He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal as well as the TV and Radio Seals of Approval from the National Weather Association. In addition to his teaching duties at the University of Texas, he serves on the University of Texas Safety and Security Committee where he serves as University/Incident Response Meteorologist for emergency activations and special events (athletic events, graduation) on campus and, in the community, as a CERT Team Member for the City of Austin and for the Travis County offices of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as well to the Operations Division of Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

He has completed FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 certifications. He also owns and operates KimCo Meteorological Services providing meteorological services to the private sector. Kimmel has been recognized by the American Meteorological Society for “The Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist” (January 1998) and by the National Weather Association as “The National Television Broadcaster of the Year” (October 1988).

Jennifer NarramoreJennifer Narramore

I am a Midwest girl, originally from Beech Grove, Indiana.

My interest in weather came in middle school. I was living in Central Florida at the time and became fascinated with hurricanes and tracked every storm on the tracking charts you get at the grocery store.

I graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University. I have been working as a radio broadcast meteorologist for 20 years. I began my career at the Weather Channel and currently work for The Storm Report Radio Network.

I provide daily forecasts for 50+ cities across the country. I also provide severe weather coverage for a dozen stations including WIBW-Topeka, KMBZ-Kansas City and KNSS-Wichita.

I Co-Founded Tornado Talk in 2016. It began as a podcast. After 36 episodes, the podcast ended but I continued the brand as an in-depth website dedicated to tornado history.

My hobbies include: Volunteering with the special needs community and competitive tennis.