This is the 16th year that folks have been getting together to pick up trash around Logan Martin Lake, says Fox 6 Weather Watcher Johnny Capps. Not only are adults doing the dirty work but also young children are helping out. Eden Elementary 3rd and 4th graders picked up trash too today. Folks gathered trash from 8AM-12PM and then got together for some hot dogs and entertainment. We had the Storm Tracker there for folks to view and ask questions.
Here are some pictures from the day:
Please don't litter and help keep Alabama looking beautiful!
It's all about the scattering of light that causes a colorful sunrise or sunset. The key ingredients to see such beautiful colors is a lack of pollution, a few high clouds, and the sun angle.
In the morning and evening hours, sunlight has to take a longer path through the atmosphere due to the low angle of the sun. For this reason, fall and winter are ideal seasons to see such beautiful colors because the angle of the sun is lower.
High clouds such as cirrus and altocumulus can catch the light that did not suffer attenuation and/or color loss by passing through our atmosphere. In other words, when the sun rises or sets, sunlight has to pass through more air than in the daytime. When sunlight travels through more atmosphere, it provides more molecules to scatter the violet and blue light away from our eyes. If the path is long enough, we no longer see blue skies, but we’ll begin to see hues of red, orange, pink, yellow, and purple. Clouds can help scatter and reflect light, which can influence everything outside to have a red hue like color.
Temperatures dipped into the 30s and 40s this morning and in some spots it was cold enough right at the surface for patchy frost to form. I got a report of frost in Hale county, Etowah, Cherokee and Bibb from viewers. Our weather watchers reported some chilly temperatures as well.
Birmingham dipped to 42° which is tied for the coolest temperature so far this season. The cool spell is not expected to last and a warming trend officially begins tomorrow. By Sunday, lows will be back in the 50s and highs in the lower 80s.
I spent a week in Massachusetts and New Hampshire where fall color is in peak! Here are a couple pics I took while visiting Sunrise Lake in New Hampshire.
You can see these same vibrant colors in Tennessee and North Carolina!
October 10, 2014 Update: Fall color progression is all about altitude and latitude. So the northern, higher peaks have the best color now. Best color this next week will spread into the mid elevations, including much of the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially north of Asheville. Most of the Great Smoky Mountains will have best color during the next two weeks. Showers early in the week will cause some extra magical scenes on the Parkway as you drive through clouds. And colors can be more vibrant on overcast or rainy days. So don't let a few showers slow you down.
Great Smoky Mountains: Fall Color Report - October 14, 2014
Middle and low elevations are still predominantly green, but the progression of fall color is in full force down the mountain here and there. Patches of vibrant reds have developed on dogwoods, sourwoods, and a few maples throughout the park. We're also starting to see a bit of yellow developing, especially around water features. The vivid red leaves of Virginia creeper vine are very noticeable climbing tree trunks now. Overall however, there's not a great deal of fall color in the lower elevations yet -- the season here is still two or three weeks away.
After several days of wet weather and high winds, fall color in the high elevations of the park is beyond the best viewing time. However, views from Clingmans Dome Road and in the higher reaches of Newfound Gap Road are beautiful when looking at south facing sides of the higher peaks in the park. https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fallcolor.htm
This weekend looks perfect for taking a drive northward to check out the fall color! Sunshine will be abundant and temperatures will be in the 60s.
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist
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That was the scene in some spots this morning in Oneonta! Also got a report of light frost on the hood of a car in Dogtown on Lookout Mountain. A viewer in Vigo, which is east of Piedmont also reported the first frost of the season with a low of 35°.
You can get frost to form even when the air temperature recorded is about freezing. Most weather stations are several feet off the ground and the air is actually a little warmer at that level than the temperature at the ground. So while it might be 35° at sensor level, it may be 31° right at the surface. If you have enough moisture at the surface and freezing temperatures then you'll get frost to form.
Our coolest weather watcher report as of 8:30AM was 33° in Oneonta!
So did we tie or break a new record low? The answer is no, but we sure came close in a few spots.
The high pressure system that allowed us to dip so low this morning slides eastward today and temperatures warm from here on out!
Around 3:50 this afternoon we received several reports of a tornado in St. Clair County. Thanks to viewers Boo and Tammy Booth for sharing a clip of what sparked the reports. In this screen grab you can see a low hanging cloud that certainly looks suspicious but this is not a funnel cloud. This is a scud cloud. These types of clouds are often mistaken as tornadoes or funnel clouds but they do not produce severe weather. They are a very common accessory to shower or storms on tropically moist days.