This is my Fall foliage report for 3 Oct.
This week we are seeing the return of the sun! and the fall foliage should start moving south with gusto as the days progress into the weekend. But now I will give you…
The bad news
First off, the color is being delayed this season. This year is being compared to 2005 where we had almost 15 days of rain. This amount of rain caused the color to develop very late but what did show was very pretty. As you can see from these pictures there was color!
Well I have to admit that we are having a difficult fall foliage season to predict. Even with Irene we were doing pretty good but then we got the humid and rainy weather.
So where we should be is not where the color is. Right now the color is backed up into The White Mountains with a band of color stretching East into Maine and west into Vermont.
Next due to all the rain we are seeing a rise in tar spot fungus and this is making the leaf edges turn brown and causing the leaves to drop early. It’s not whole tracks of land but it is present.
Also there is leaf loss due to just the rain making the leaves heavy but it’s not causing completely bare trees by any means. Just be aware the rain has left it’s mark!
NOW! the good news
We definitely have peak color in New England and even though the next two days are showing scattered rain there will be some sun in there and then we are looking at 8-10 days of nothing but sun (You can start breathing again and stop holding your breath).
We should see a good ramping up of color as we go into Columbus Day weekend and the week after should be spectacular for color through the mid section and perhaps into the southern portions of VT/NH/ME and hopefully color into Massachusetts.
New Hampshire Report:
Hot Foliage alert although today (Monday) it is slightly rainy and cloudy Sunset Hill house in Sugar Hill is reporting that the color is looking great (bright) in that area… If you go let me know what you see. Route 142 is looking good so I assume 116/117/118 also will be good I don’t know about 112 west of woodstock NH but it could be good!!
Rangely Lake Chamber is saying that to the North of them it has peaked but in close to the lake (and points south) and in the town, the color is just starting and should be really good by the weekend. (fingers crossed) The points south will be the question as to how far the peak fall foliage goes.
If I was driving that area, I would look between Rangley and Route 2. What this would mean for routes then are… Routes 26 up into Rangely and then Routes 4 and 17 south from there, meeting up with 142 and 108 back onto Route 2 into Gorham NH.
Montpelier (Library) is reporting that the color hasn’t gotten as far south as them yet so this weekend you should look north of Montpelier to Danville for good to peak color.
Lori at the Emergo farm in Danville VT is reporting very bright peak foliage color BUT! they did take a hard hit from the rain and leaf loss is noticeable. If you are out today I would look at Route 2 from I-91 and then south on the Danville/Peacham road. Stay on the Peacham road to Route 302 and head west to Groton State Forest. Here you can head up to Owls head with a view of Kettle pond (turn off on 232) or stay on 302 and go to Noyes pond which is at the end of Seyon Pond road. (I don’t have any reports for the Noyes pond area so if you go let me know what you find.
Then head west on 302 and catch the right turn and north onto Route 14 and catch Route 2 east to complete the loop.
I hope this helps and if you are out and have an internet connection stop in on the blog and post a comment to what you are seeing. Thanks!