Weather

Riley Blackwell

Riley joined CBS 8 and ABC 32 Weather Authority in June of 2021, after graduating from Mississippi State University earlier in April with his degree in Meteorology with an emphasis on broadcasting.

Riley Blackwell

Riley joined CBS 8 and ABC 32 Weather Authority in June of 2021, after graduating from Mississippi State University earlier in April with his degree in Meteorology with an emphasis on broadcasting. Riley is no stranger to weather in Alabama, growing up in the small town of Sylvan Springs, west of Birmingham in Jefferson County. Riley grew up hearing stories…

Alabama Power Update: 12,750 Customers are Without Service

According to Alabama Power, At 6:00 a.m., approximately 12,750 Alabama Power customers are without service as a result of severe weather on Wednesday and throughout the night.  Mainly in central Alabama, 3,500 customers are without power.  The majority of central Alabama customers lost power as a result of severe weather overnight. Outages exist in the following areas: Lee County –…

Heat Relief Is On The Way!

We will still see a few lingering showers this evening! Expect a few patchy clouds to stick around overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 70s. For Saturday we will reach the lower 90s for our highs and a few scattered showers will be possible in the afternoon. By Sunday we start a very slight cooling trend as a weak…

Ben Lang

Ben Lang is the weekend meteorologist for Alabama News Network.  Ben was born in Seattle, Washington, where he lived until the age of 4.  From there, Ben moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee, where he grew up. Ben is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he earned a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Professional Broadcast Meteorology. …

Future Forecasters Come to Alabama News Network

1/3Future Forecasters Audition Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Future Forecasters Audition Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Future Forecasters Auditino Show Caption Hide Caption The next generation of meteorologists were here this morning getting ready for their debut this year! Our weather team was at the station holding auditions for our future forecasters. Every year we have kids from ages 7 through 12…

Ben Lang

Ben Lang is the weekend meteorologist for Alabama News Network.  Ben was born in Seattle, Washington, where he lived until the age of 4.  From there, Ben moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee, where he grew up. Ben is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he earned a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Professional Broadcast Meteorology. …

Shane Butler

Chief Meteorologist Shane Butler is a Central Alabama native. Shane was born in Montgomery, grew up in Eclectic and is a graduate of Elmore County High School and Troy University. He has his broadcast meteorology certification from Mississippi State University. Shane joined Alabama News Network as chief meteorologist in September 2015 after being chief meteorologist at WRDW in Augusta, Georgia,…

Jay Martin

I joined Alabama News Network as a meteorologist in June 2015. I’m from the small town of Kennesaw, Georgia, which is just north of Atlanta. I grew up seeing all types of interesting weather, from snow storms to tornadoes. That helped me decide to make weather my career. I enjoy severe weather with hail, lightning and tornadoes. I have been…

Elissia Wilson

Elissia Wilson is a meteorologist for Alabama News Network. You can catch her forecasts every weekday morning on CBS 8 and ABC Montgomery from 5am-7am and at noon. Prior to joining Alabama News Network, Elissia forecasted weather in Panama City, Florida; Columbus, Georgia; and Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she guided viewers through floods, tornadoes, hail and snowstorms. Elissia also worked…