Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall Color Update from Aboard the River Gorge Explorer

October temperatures have been bouncing up and down quite a bit lately, from a record high near 90 one week ago, to overnight lows dipping down into the upper 30s in some areas this past weekend. Dry conditions have caused some trees to lose their leaves a bit earlier than normal and a few brush fires have occurred in the region. In spite of the generally hot, dry conditions, there's still quite a bit of color to be enjoyed.

Want to look in on the weather before a cruise? Thanks to a support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Tennessee Aquarium has added a new weather station atop the IMAX 3D Theater. Check the current weather conditions and a real-time HD camera view of downtown Chattanooga.

Tennessee Aquarium naturalist John Dever has seen a noticeable increase in fall color from aboard the River Gorge Explorer this week as well as some interesting bird sightings. "There is a higher percentage of color this week. The foliage is now at around 40% of peak. We've been seeing some teals, great egrets and bald eagles in the Gorge. And, we still have been seeing some osprey activity, at least for now."

Looks like we may see some showers tonight and tomorrow, then some more fantastic fall weather is ahead. Check the schedule for Awesome Autumn Fall Leaf Cruises aboard the River Gorge Explorer to enjoy the weather and the view in "Tennessee's Grand Canyon."

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