James Spann named Broadcaster of the Year by National Weather Association

(Top left) James Spann speaks to the NWA at their annual awards luncheon in Madison, Wisc. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

ABC 33/40 Meteorologist James Spann earned another award this year when the National Weather Association named him Broadcaster of the Year.

Spann traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to accept his award at the NWA Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday.

The award is presented to a NWA member Radio or Television weathercaster, or other member of the broadcast media, whose activities have significantly contributed to the development and presentation of weather information to the public service.

The member-led, all inclusive association began its annual awards program in 1977 to provide deserved recognition to those individuals involved in operational activities and to promote excellence in operational meteorology and related activities. The NWA Annual Awards Program recognizes the professional as well as the volunteer.

According to NWA, Spann received the award "For his passionate dedication serving the Central Alabama community with critical weather information for over thirty years, especially during the deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak."

In September, Spann was named by Birmingham Magazine as 'Birmingham's Best Tweeter' for his engaging, informative tweets from @spann.{} He has nicknamed his over 70,000 followers as his Twitter Army.

Click here to watch video of Spann accepting the award.