What is Saharan Dust? When is it coming to Birmingham? Answers from CBS 42’s Ashley Gann

CBS 42 Meteorologist Ashley Gann describing incoming Saharan Dust Plume. Photo courtesy of Ashley Gann

Let us just admit it.  For the past week, we’ve been seeing maps of  the “Saharan Dust Plume” inching ever so slowly toward the continental U.S., in particular the Southeast and Alabama. The maps are quite frightening. 

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Birmingham has experienced 12 straight days of 90 plus temperatures. We ask WIAT CBS 42’s Ashley Gann about the present heat wave.

Photo via Ashley Gann’s Facebook page

Yesterday, September 22, the first day of Fall, was another scorcher in Birmingham.  According to AccuWeather, temps have topped 90 degrees in Birmingham for 11 straight days and 19 out of 22 days this month. Are we in the midst of a historic heat wave? What’s up with our weather?

To get an idea, Bham Now submitted a few written questions to WIAT CBS 42’s Chief Meteorologist Ashley Gann for her thoughts about the current heat wave. Here was her response.

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Rare Yellow Cardinal in Alabaster has captured the hearts of Alabamians this week

Yellow Cardinal
Photo via Facebook by Jeremy Black

Bham Now  readers have likely been seeing this beautiful and rare Yellow Cardinal all over their social media feeds this week .  The rare bird has  captured the hearts of Alabamians and is about to go national with a feature story by  the National Audubon Society.

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Bham Now’s Nature Roundup – March 17th edition

Screenshot – WBRC Good Day Alabama – Coosa Riverkeeper’s Justinn Overton interviewed by FOX 6 Anchor Mike Dubberly about their newly released FISH GUIDE

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup March 17th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In this edition, we are celebrating the Cahaba River, learning about Tree Swallows at Limestone Park and recommending a great book for Spring Break – Jim McClintock’s “A Naturalist Goes Fishing.”

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Bham Now Special – Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments (photo gallery/links)

Special card supporting Birmingham Civil Rights National Park given to Mayor Bell and Secretary Jewell. Yesterday, President Obama established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Yesterday, President Obama, through a proclamation under the Antiquities Act, established the Birmingham Civil Rights and Freedom Riders National Monuments.

A historic day for Alabama. 

Bham Now has compiled a list of links from television, radio and newspaper stories that have been published online in the past 12 hours.  With the help of photographer Larry Gay, we’ve also created a special photo gallery.

First – the photo gallery.

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Big news for downtown Ensley – revitalization is on its way

Photo Credit: Bhamwiki.com
Photo Credit: Bhamwiki.com

Some great news for downtown Ensley.

Yesterday, Mayor William Bell unveiled a $40 Million Public Safety Municipal Complex planned for downtown Ensley.  According to the Mayor’s office, the plan would create the first ever Public Safety Municipal Complex for the City of Birmingham pulling Municipal Court,  Birmingham Police Department Administration and the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department Administration to one location. The plan will involve public and private funding.

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Support for Freedom Riders National Park growing (slideshow)

Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell
Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell

  • Read about Freedom Rider Charles Person and his remarkable story – here.

Support for the proposed Freedom Riders National Park in Anniston received a big boost today in the opinion section of al.com with an essay by prominent National Park advocate and conservationist Frank Peterman.  

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