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Today’s topics that might be of interest are:

  • Weather for September
  • A scenic Maine drive around Rangeley Lake
  • A partnership for weekend events

Will September set us up for success or failure in our fall foliage search?

Randolph white church in fall foliage

Randolph white church in fall foliage

In the last month or so I’ve written several articles about everything from, how to make plans in case of rain to what might happen if we get a colder than average September. So far this August we’ve seen cooler than average temperatures and a decent amount of rain. There’s been talk of polar vortexes and even snow in September! what are we going to get?

According to the NOAA climate prediction folks, September has gone from average temperature to above average temps. Before you begin to start panicking I want you to go back and look at my 2012 and 2013 forecasts and compare. The quick synopsis is that in both 2012 and 2013 we were forecast with above-average temperatures and both years were outstanding years for fall colors. (well I enjoyed them at least)

When I’m going to watch out for is the nighttime temperatures and how far they drop after the sun goes down. If we dip consistently into the low 40s, then even with the above average temps will still should get some early turning fall colors.

For those people who were making their plans based on early fall colors (including me) the laughter you hear behind you is mother nature proving once again that she’s the only one who knows for sure of when and where the fall colors will turn. Please stay tuned here for weekly updates and what I think mother nature has up her sleeves (besides her elbows) 🙂

A scenic Maine drive around Rangeley Lake

Rangeley Lake Maine has a lot of great options from mountain views to lakes to conservation land and of course, fall foliage. I usually take route 16 from southern New Hampshire to northern NH and then follow it over into Maine. As it starts to turn South past Cupsuptic lake you will find several pullouts where you can look down on Rangeley Lake far below.

Today’s route is very simple, either approach from the South on route 17 (stopping at Coos Canyon On the Way, North) or coming in route 16 from the North and then follow it around to the east, until you reach the south-eastern tip and you find South Shore Dr. I like to take this West until I hit Rangeley Lake State Park which has lots of conservation areas to explore.

Then I get back on the South Shore Dr. continue West until I pick up route 17 and head South and back home again. This scenic drive for me coming from Salem Massachusetts is an all day drive but just to drive around the lake doesn’t require more than an hour or two of your day.

I’ve arrived at Rangeley Lake anywhere from 2 October to 9 October but last year on 3 October was my best result. For those of you who think because I live here I can just go out my front door to find peak fall foliage. I hope this proves that it’s never that easy, even for me and you must have persistence and be able to accept, that this day, you didn’t find peak. Maybe tomorrow, or the next day, or next year, you’ll find your peak fall foliage.

As you can see I like to stop at about the same place each year so I can compare notes. Sooner or later everything will fall in the place and you’ll get this shot you want you just have to keep at it.

Weekly New England Fall Events

This autumn I’m partnering with New England Fall Events.com. their specialty is listing events around New England and I will showcase a few of those here for your enjoyment. So if you’re wondering what there is to do while you’re out looking for that fall foliage? Stop in here, see what I’ve selected and then head over to  New England Fall Events.com to see what else they might have that you and your family would enjoy doing.

August 29-August 31st

VT Garlic and Herb Festival, Aug 30-31st Bennington, VT 

Portland Brew Festival  Portland, ME August 29th & 30th 

Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival  Westport, CT  August  30th and 31st  

let me know what you think of the weekly fall events and don’t forget that at the top of the page I have a tab for fall festivals with the biggest and best harvest and autumn festivals around. So if you can’t find something to do, then you’re not trying hard enough.

Jeff “Foliage” Folger

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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff 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.
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My name is Jeff 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.


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Scenic Maine drive and weekend events — 2 Comments

  1. I will be in Greenville, ME from Sept. 27-Oct. 6. What chance do I have of seeing Moosehead Lake ablaze with peak color?

    • Well since we’ll also be in Greenville from the 25th to the 27th, I’m hoping for glorious color. IF the season arrives a bit early you may be heading south from Greenville. It really depends on what Sept gives us. Right now the climate prediction folks are calling for temps to rise a bit which will slow down early turning colors… (Hear that Mother Nature??? Slow down the turning!!!) 🙂
      It’s one of those things where we make our plans and then take what we get…

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