A warm winter leads to questionsIt’s too early to say one way or the other, how this warmer than normal winter and early spring will affect the fall foliage. Unless we have perfect weather from the spring till the fall, there is no way to really say that a warm winter leads to a good or bad fall foliage season. But! I’m tracking the weather patterns!
The long range indicators say a warm fall (186 days away at his moment) and NOAA says it’s still hit or miss as to what we’ll end up with. The bigger issue is preparing for your fall vacation with lots of alternatives in mind. If the New England fall foliage season is like 2009 or even 2010 then it will work out, no changes needed. If it’s like 2011 then having plans to hike and visit historical places or maybe all the covered bridges in northern Vermont or NH are needed. Planning for contingencies is the key!
Maple syrup and how it relates to fall foliage.Maple trees provide us with many products from wood for building to leaves for shade and in the fall raking them up. If we’re lucky we have sugar maples (Acer saccharum) around us in the fall. If you’re like me, you enjoy the products of sugar maples in the spring. Nothing says pancakes like dark amber maple syrup to me (my personal choice not necessarily yours). Down below are a couple of spring rituals that if you haven’t tried them, you need to! I’ve been scouring the Internet, reading articles on how the USDA and individual Maple producers feel this winter affected them. As of now, there are equal numbers of articles with opinions as to the winter affecting the maple syrup production. In a few cases I read that sugar concentration in the sap was slightly decreased, but the amount of sap produced was, on average, with previous years.
What I’m looking for is what the weather does for the rest of this year up until mid-September. If we get average weather and September cools off like it should then at this point I don’t see any reason we would not have a fantastic fall foliage season.
Maple syrup events in the coming weeksOver the next month you’ll be able to find all across New England Maple Festival events. This is a short list of a couple that have been sent to me if you know of or have your own Maple Festival please send to me and I will add it to my list.
- St. Albans Maple Festival April 27, 28, and 29th St. Albans, Vermont.
- Vermont Maple syrup website, this page has dates for many festivals in Vermont.
- New Hampshire Maple producers page, this coming weekend March 24 and 25 there will be over 110 sugar houses statewide, open for the 17th annual Maple weekend.
- Massachusetts Maple producers Association, this is a Facebook page with lots of good information.
- This last list is a PDF compilation of sugar houses in New England. (Let me know if you find errors)
- link to Maple daily Facebook page and website, if you need good Maple information, this is it.
- Link to article by NEPGuild Photographer Jane Ogilvie on Maple Sugaring being a team effort.
Jeff “Foliage” Folger
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/
My most popular blog is for Leaf peepers: Jeff Foliage.com.
I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.
I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.