Fall has arrived with temps in the 70s all week. Check out our guides to enjoy the fresh air.

Leaves changing in September on first day of fall. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Do you remember the heatwaves of 2018 and 2019? Or how about the drought of 2016 and the record rainfall in the late summer of 2017.

I do. I wrote about them for Bham Now.

Well, cross our fingers. According to the weekly AccuWeather forecast, it looks like Birmingham is going to have 70+ degree weather during the first week of Fall. which begins today. Finally, something nice and normal to enjoy in 2020.

A Quick Flashback

Before we pull out the picnic blankets and sweaters just a quick flashback on how freaky Birmingham and Alabama’s fall weather has been over the past few years.

In 2016, I’ll never forget seeing Little Canyon Falls run dry. Check out the photo.

Little River Falls – the waterfall is gone (Oct. 2016). Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The following year, Birmingham broke precipitation records in the late summer and early fall.  Look at Little River Falls the fall after the great drought of 2016

Simply stunning.

The last two years Birmingham has experienced oppressive heat waves. In fact, 2019 was the 2nd hottest September on record with 28 out of 30 days topping 90+ degrees.

A Normal Fall? Let’s Hope – Here Are Some Guides

So, will this be a normal Fall?  It is 2020 – need I say more. 

In anticipation of more 70s degree weather ahead – here are some Bham Now Fall Guides:

Explore Bham Now’s Local Business Guide

Tropicaleo in Avondale
Tropicaleo in Avondale. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

 Since March, Bham Now has compiled a directory of over 630 local businesses, many that offer deals and discounts. Now is a great time to explore our master list. 

Looking for Outdoor Dining

Lumbar at Pepper Place. Photo via Bham Now

Now more than ever outdoor dining is more popular and during a pandemic safer than ever.  Here are several stories and guides about places to visit.

11 of Birmingham’s dreamiest patios to wine + dine

What’s up with outdoor dining in Birmingham + local spots moving seats to the streets

See the Leaves Change

Birmingham, Driver's Way, fall drives, fall season, leaves, Hoover, Bluff Park, Tip Top Grill
The leaves are beginning to change colors at Tip Top Grill in Hoover. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Personally, my favorite part of the fall is when the leaves change.  Just this past week, Bham Now content producer released a guide to 5 of the best places to see

the leaves change.

5 short road trip destinations to enjoy colorful foliage this fall

Grab an Ice Cream Float

Forget pumpkin spice. I’m craving a float right about now. Photo via Big Spoon’s Facebook

Who doesn’t like walking around the neighborhood or at a local park with an ice cream float that won’t totally dissolve because the weather is comfortable? 

5 spots to grab a classic ice cream float in Birmingham

Tell us how you are going to enjoy the fall-like weather.  Drop us an email at hello@bhamnow.com

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.