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Cicada song Heralds the approach of fall foliage

Well, August has arrived and I’ve started to hear the song of the cicada.

It won’t be long until the fall foliage colors start to show.  With the severe drought across the United States, I know many people are wondering if or how the New England fall foliage forecast will be affected.

General Outlook for New England

Stowe church set against fall colors to help with zone planning

Stowe church set against fall colors caught nearly at peak

As of August 16th, I’m still going with good to great fall foliage season for New England.
I’ve been reading stories from across the country and all the indicators are pointing towards a subpar fall foliage season out west of the Rockies due to abnormally dry conditions.

Also parts of North and South Carolina and some of Georgia are in drought conditions also. This could affect the Blue Ridge Parkway but depending on the level of drought, it could just make things brighter!

I will to admit that water levels in New England are below where they normally are but we have been receiving at least a little rain during this summer. Depending on where you look we are only 1-2″ below to a more noticeable 3-5″ below normal (southern Maine).

As long as Mother Nature doesn’t get frisky on us we “should have” bright foliage colors and great weather.

The folks at the NOAA climatology prediction labs are still showing New England at a few degrees above normal and this is something I can live with.  (Not that I have a choice) 🙂  Rain is the bright spot in this forecast since they say low rain, that will hopefully mean bright sunny days and not weeks of cloudy days and no rain…

The things I still worry about

Lake Chocorua late afternoon sun

Lake Chocorua late afternoon sun

  • First, we have received less rain than normal but in 2012 this gave us incredible fall colors. Also we’re getting more rain but not too much rain which is better than the rest of the nation.
  • Second, no one knows if another hurricane or tropical storm will make its presence known like in 2011.  (Fingers are crossed)
  • Most important!  Will we get sunny days and cool nights which is what really triggers the bright colors.
photo of gifts won by Sharon

Winner Sharon Ikenberry


I have other worries, like will the new Zombie show taking over from the Walking Dead be as good?

But I doubt that will affect our fall foliage too much. 🙂

Later this week will be the announcement for this months contest and last month’s winner, Sharon Ikenberry sent a shot of the stuff that was sent to her…

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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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Cicada song Heralds the approach of fall — 7 Comments

    • Here is a shot from just south of Woodstock at the Jenne Farm. This was shot on 10 Oct and this is the normal date for that area (really 7-12 Oct) Your dates are ones that I plan on being on the Canadian border to the Whites and the NEK.

      Jenne Farm on 10 Oct 2014

  1. Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for your wonderful and informative articles! They help to let us know what to expect on our trip and add to the anticipation of our visit. A friend and I have signed up for a fall color tour starting October 15 for a week. We tried to get an earlier time, but they were all full. I do hope there is still some lovely color when we are there! We are so looking forward to seeing New England! This will be my first visit. Speaking of cicadas, I lived in Michigan for 15 years and I remember well the cicadas every year from summer into fall. I loved hearing them! I’m back in my home state of California now—we might hear the occasional cicada out in the desert, but not the chorus that we used to hear in Michigan. I miss hearing them. And I love the beautiful “Barn Full of Fall Color” painting on your website this month!

  2. Jeff… we are arriving Boston 9/22 and want to drive for 13 days thru New England states and leave from Newark NJ on 10/5. I think we may be early for leaf color and am interested in where you think we should go. How far north will we have to plan for color change? I am thinking a loop up thru Maine, across NH and VT and down thru NY or western MA then to NYC for a couple of days. How can we maximize our leaf viewing and pix?

    Ray L

    • After looking through my crystal ball… on the 22nd through the 27th you will be up on the Canadian border. From Jay peak area over to Stark NH and north into the Northwoods and Dixville Notch and then over to Errol NH and into Maine and Greenfield Maine and north as needed… after the 27th the color will be developing in the White Mountains… NYC? Color doesn’t show there until November… But I bet you’ll have fun there… 🙂

  3. Just got back to Pa after spending 10 days at Acadia NP, came down through NH the rain was so heavy you literally couldn’t see the road so maybe that raised the water table a bit. We saw quite a few stressed maples in Acadia (yellow leaves). Anyway, we’ll be going up to the White Mts.the last week of September this year, we usually go the 1st week of October but we missed quite a bit of color in 2014.
    The cicadas song is so loud here (Pa) you can hardly hear yourself think!

    • I just recorder the cicadas singing outside my office and it was quite loud…
      Like I said some places are only an inch or so behind, which isn’t much… I still don’t think anyone is above as of yet. But that rain may have brought them up to average… 🙂 Thanks for the Acadia report…!

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