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June Foliage Forecast for 2015 — 6 Comments

  1. Do you only predict what’s happening in New England? I would like a guess as to when would be a great time in the Southeastern part of the US! We have a lot of beautiful foliage around here, specifically in areas like Blue Ridge and North Alabama, but it is difficult to tell when the peak season will strike. Thanks in advance!

    • Well Beth, Mark Twain wrote, “it’s better to keep ones mouth shut and have people think you’re a fool rather than opening your mouth and having them know it” 🙂
      You see I’ve never been down the Blue Ridge Mountain parkway and I just saw their video and there was some gorgeous fall scenery there from Virginia to Bama! But the problem is, I’ve never been there!!!! The plain truth is I’m all out busy in Sept to Oct to cover in some fashion, a portion of New England. I only do this with the help of Photographer friends sending me reports and pictures and even then I may miss something.

      So while I would love to talk about those areas, they are real guesses…
      BUT! I will say this. According to the current NOAA drought page there is an area of North Carolina that is showing drought all the way through the end of October. The area in question may involve a portion of the BRMP and this could adversely affect the colors. It all depends on how much of a drought there is. I don’t have any hard numbers, but if severe, then the leaves may turn early and drop fast with very bright color OR… they will turn brown, curl and drop equally fast… This is for only a small area of NC. see it here http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

      I was in the Air Force and I’m quite familiar with much of this nation and it’s beauty. I’ve been through about 3/4 of the states and I know for a fact they are big and beautiful and worth visiting. But I try to limit myself to talking about New England because if I start to talk about fall foliage in any of the other 44 states, then people will most assuredly know that I’m a fool… So lets keep that between us… 🙂

  2. I think you’re great! Sorry you don’t have a crystal ball that works, but this seems to be next best! Let’s face it….it’s a crap shoot…

  3. You keep talking about September being the peak (approx)  and I am getting alittle worried.  I have planned a trip to the northeast for Oct. 9 – 17.  It is my husband and I’s 40 anniversary and I have talked about how beautiful it is in the fall.  Have I planned our trip to late?

    • Hi TD, I don’t remember saying peak would be in September or rather that the peak then is all there will be. Peak CAN happen from the end of Sept through the end of October. It all depends on what happens with the weather. I don’t have a direct line to Mother Nature and my advice is guidance not a guarantee.
      Mel Allen over at Yankee Magazine calls Peak “a continuum of fall colors” and it’s never just one day but it grows and expands and then shrinks in time with sunshine, temperature and rainfall. Its the mixture of these elements that determine when and where and I hate to say it, IF peak will show up. But I have gone through an entire autumn season and didn’t see what I would call”Peak” once. Was I devastated? NO! I saw areas of New England that were at 50%-75% color and I focused of the few trees that were glowing in red and orange, surrounded by a lot of green trees.
      So saying peak will be a certain time is folly. Peak will be happening from late Sept through October, it just depends on where you look.

      Now, Congrats on the 40th anniversary! You’re coming in on Columbus Day weekend. First… If you can, arrive early because I’ve driven on that Friday once and only once. All traffic heads north on that day (9th) and Route 93, 95 and 16 (and others) will be impacted. Although I found the getting off 93 and onto 89, we left much of the traffic behind.

      I’m now assuming that you are planning to be Woodstock VT or points south to the Berkshires of Mass OR from the Kancamagus highway in the White mountains south to the Merrimack valley of Massachusetts OR from Sebago Lake south and east and south to the coast of Main and into the Northshore of Massachusetts.
      If your plans don’t match up with my “guidance” then you don’t need to worry too much. I can usually find late color north of these areas but it will be the late turning trees. Also what color turned the week prior to the 9th could still be there IF, IF, we don’t have rain and wind… The chances of that are… well I’m a bit pessimistic and I would plan on rain. (Yes I’m a glass is half empty kind of guy…) So By the 9th I’m looking a little further south…
      The reason is this, the trees are just turning and the leaves have a stronger bond to the branches (I hope) as the days progress the leaves attachment to the branches weakens till they fall off. The lightest of breezes can take leaves down when the leaves are at peak.

      This is why I tend to look a bit further south and in my opinion trees that are between 50% to 75% turned look wonderful. I rarely find a whole tree that turns all at the same time.. Usually its the crown turning and then as the branches turn further down you will see the crown (top) of the tree go bare… This is normal…

      In summation 🙂 Depending on where you are heading you should plan for attending events, (harvest fairs or Agri-tourism things) that you may enjoy. and while you are exploring these things drive some of the back roads and look on the maps for ponds and rivers preferably with walking trails that you can take a walk along. I have a few walking trails in mind and these trails are called rail trails. I was on one on Saturday in New Hampshire near Charleston NH. (that is where the Fort at Number 4 is) and just a short drive away Lisa found a couple covered bridges. Well bridges #57 and #58 were covered train bridges and the railroad tracks have been taken up but the road bed is still there and you can walk for miles and walk through the covered train bridges. You do have to share the trail with 4 wheelers but I saw four pass me by and they went by slowly and waved…

      So plan to enjoy your time and even if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate you should still be able to show your husband some wonderful colors. I hope this helps..
      Jeff Foliage

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