Fairhope, a charming community on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, comes alive with color and decorations during the Christmas season.
Enjoy this video montage shot earlier this week, showing what Fairhope looks like at Christmas…
Nancy Galloway spotted an unusual sight from her home on Lake Logan Martin Saturday: a huge flock of visiting pelicans apparently passing through the area.
She said the amazing thing was the size of the birds, dwarfing the Canadian Geese that frequent the area. They stayed around for about an hour before moving on.
Thanks for sharing, Nancy!
As many folks know, my daughter lives in Chicago. Yesterday afternoon she sent me a short video she took on her way to her job at the Royal George Theater. I know we’ve all had a good deal of snow this winter, but I thought you might find it interesting to see another Chicago snow – especially from afar!
The video also underscores the extreme snowfall seen in Chicago this season from the snowfall graph that Bill Murray posted Sunday and repeated here.
If you’re looking for something fun to do, stop in at Helena Market Days, in its last month of operation for the summer.
The annual farmer’s market that runs from June through August off Hwy 261 by Buck Creek in Helena has become a favorite of folks from throughout the Shelby Co. area.
You won’t find a fresher assortment of peaches (from Chilton county, of course), peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, okra, squash and other fruits and vegetables.
Highly recommended: Fresh peaches cooked on the grill!
More information about Market Days is available by visiting the Market Days website.
Friend of the Blog Jenny Ellison and her husband made a special trip to Corbin, Kentucky this weekend for one specific purpose: to take photographs of moonbows.
Moonbows, or lunar rainbows, are hard to capture. To do so requires a bright moon and a moisture source, like spray from a waterfall. Generally, the colors aren’t visible to the naked eye. It takes a long exposure photograph to see the colors.
Enjoy the product of her work.
Alabama’s greatest snow storm on record… the Blizzard of 1993 started. From Friday afternoon, March 12, 1993, through Saturday morning, March 13, the snow came down in a remarkable way. Winds gusted to hurricane force on ridge tops, and convective snow was widespread complete with thunder and lightning.
Birmingham’s official total was 13 inches, but some spots had almost two feet across North Alabama. Power was out for many days for some, and travel was nearly impossible with snow drifts you would expect to see in Buffalo or Chicago.
Below are pictures you submitted to us in recent days… keep in mind digital photography was very rare in 1993; these are mostly scanned prints. But, they tell the story very well.
And, thanks to Mike Wilhelm for posting video coverage of the event… Kevin Collins (who decided to use his real name later in his career, Kevin Selle) was working that famous hat in the middle of the storm. Dan Satterfield was also with me at the time… that was a great weather team.
So… what are your memories????
The great Blizzard of 1993… March 12-13, 1993.
Officially 13 inches of snow at Birmingham… some places had closer to 20 inches. Winds gusting to hurricane force on ridges, and convective snow complete with thunder and lightning.
Much more later… here are some viewer submitted images.
If you have photos from the generational snow event… send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Friends at my church have a daughter who is currently living in New Haven, CT. They sent me these pictures this afternoon, and I thought I would share them with our Blog viewers. Quite an amazing snow storm!
What a sky over Alabama this evening, thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac to the southwest. This was the sunset over Birmingham… from Twitter user @jtkola
Thanks to Scott Rikansrud for these images… he writes…
I wanted to share some photos of the lightning damage we received yesterday morning in Gadsden. At about 4:45am lightning blow a large hole ~4ft in diameter through the top of our chimney. We were very fortunate that there was no fire or injuries involved.”