4 things to watch for -- Monday, September 16th

WDIV-TV Local 4's Brandon Roux
WDIV-TV Local 4's Brandon Roux

Brandon Roux: What kind of a Fall Leaf Show will we see this year? Keep in mind that the beautiful fall foliage in The UP usually peaks around October 5th, and here in Metro Detroit… it's more like October 19th. We should be in for a great year when it comes to the colors and the pace at which those leaves fall. You'll notice very minimal changes over the next week or so and Fall or The Autumnal Equinox is on September 23rd this year. As we get into October we should see brilliant displays all over the state. It's been a good year for precipitation and the trees weren't stressed too hard from untimely frosts or extended heat waves or drought. For the next several weeks the best aid to bright leaf colors is cool nights and sunshiny days. We have several of those planned for this week. 

Why do leaves change color? It all starts with photosynthesis. Leaves typically produce their vivid hues of green from spring through summer into early fall through the constant creation of Chlorophyll. As we all learned in 5th grade science, Chlorophyll is the key component in a plant's ability to turn sunlight into glucose, which in turn feeds the trees. Many millions of these Chlorophyll cells saturate the leaves, ultimately making them appear green to the eye. As our days get shorter and shorter and shorter, the production of chlorophyll slows to a halt, eventually giving way to the ‘true' color of the leaf.

There's always exciting news and here's what we have coming up this week on Local 4 News Today:  Tasty Tuesday is no longer for the dogs, and we are heading to Ann Arbor to a place that serves Hellfire Cheese, and Naked Tots. Also, our Rhonda Walker is returning from Washington DC where she was recognized for her Foundation.

See you in the morning!

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Here's what's coming up on Monday, September 16, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Lookin' Bone Dry

Most of next week looks bone dry. Monday looks great with mostly sunshine and comfortable warmth and highs again near 80°F. You can get used to that number because we will be a couple of degrees north and south of 80°F all of next week and the showers and storms stay away until the end of the week.

The computer models this morning hint at a few isolated showers possible late Thursday and/or Friday of next week but we'll keep you posted as we get closer. 

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be watching the roads for us all morning. She'll have any construction updates and traffic trouble spots for the weekend.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- Lions Season Opener Recap

The season opener was something that no one saw coming -- a tie?! What will the home opener bring for our Detroit Lions? We'll have a complete recap and reaction from the team on Monday.

All Morning -- UAW members go on strike following negotiation breakdown

The United Auto Workers officials announced a national strike against General Motors that started at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. 

It is the first auto strike in more than a decade. 

Negotiations between the UAW and GM will continue Monday morning, but union members are still hitting the picket line. 

Nearly 50,000 workers at GM plants across the country are involved. The automaker is expected to lose $250 million a day at its assembly plants. 

We'll break down what this means all morning.

6:10 -- Money Monday: Long Term Care & Medicaid 

Long term care and Medicaid. Two things that can be overwhelming and stressful, so that's where Local 4 Business Editor Rod Meloni comes in. He is simplifying some of the most complex parts of getting older -- your finances! 



Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Friday Question: When will the next Friday the 13th full moon take place?
  • Answer: August 13th, 2049
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: September 16th

  • National Play-Doh Day
  • National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • National Step Family Day
  • National Working Parents Day
  • Mayflower Day

History Highlights: September 16th

  • In 1857, the song "Jingle Bells" by James Pierpont was copyrighted under its original title, "One Horse Open Sleigh." (The song, while considered a Christmastime classic, was actually written for Thanksgiving.)
  • In 1908, General Motors was founded in Flint, Michigan, by William C. Durant.
  • In 1919, the American Legion received a national charter from Congress.
  • In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders.
  • In 2001, President George W. Bush, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, said there was "no question" Osama bin Laden and his followers were the prime suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks; Bush pledged the government would "find them, get them running and hunt them down."
  • In 2007, O.J. Simpson was arrested in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas. (Simpson was later convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison; he was released in 2017.)

Celebrity Birthdays: September 16th

Celebrating a birthday Monday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Actress-singer Janis Paige ("Please Don't Eat The Daisies") is 97. 
  • Illusionist David Copperfield is 63. 
  • Actress Jennifer Tilly is 61. 
  • Comedian Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live") is 55. 
  • Singer Marc Anthony is 51. 
  • Talk-show host Tamron Hall is 49. 
  • Comedian Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation," "Saturday Night Live") is 48. 
  • Rapper Flo Rida is 40. 
  • Musician-actor Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 27.

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