Well the big question is, Will there be peak fall colors? 🙂
This is my last September forecast for 2015 and everything else after this, will be boots on the ground reporting. I’ve been checking the northern New England weather forecasts and we are still facing warmer than average temps through the rest of September. The leaves are still going to continue changing even so because they are reacting to the amount of light (or lack there of). We are also dealing with a drought level that is both good and bad as far as the leaves are concerned.
Is drought, good or bad?
To me the drought is a two-edged sword. on the good side less water concentrates the sugars making brighter colors. On the bad side, it means the leaves with turn color and drop to the ground with only a little encouragement. It all comes down to how much drought is too much?
At too much drought the leaves just turn brown and drop. I don’t think we are there for the most part. (yes, you can do a happy dance over that BUT if your happy dance causes rain, you will be shot!)
I think the level we are seeing is stressing many of the trees across New England and this will encourage a fair number of trees (NOT ALL of them) but some of them to start turning now in Mid-September. I think this is what we are seeing right now.
I’ve received a couple of reports over the past two days. First all these are coming in on my FB page.
- Judy Lombardi of Gold Acre’s Photography reports, I-93 between Concord NH south to the MA border has a few trees along the highway turning and they are really brightly colored.
- Down in North-central MA, Photographer John Burk, reported trees at the higher elevation showing nice orange colors
- Up in Stark NH, the owner of the Stark Village Inn reported to me yesterday that they have trees turning now. Also she said she was up in Pittsburgh NH a few days ago (Pittsburgh is Waaaay up there in northern NH) and it was really colorful in her opinion.
I went to make my reservations for a Friday in VT and Sunday in NH and only the most expensive B&Bs are still available or they required a 2 night stay. Some of you must be listening to me because I was only able to get a motel outside Montpelier. Not fancy but only $103 (I got this via my Thrifty lodgings page going through Bookings.com). I knew already that I wanted to stay at the Stark Village Inn and the price can’t be beat!
- *Lodging deal alert* from the 29th of Sept and the rest of that week she doesn’t have any bookings ($59 per/night). And with a Covered bridge and church next door for a photo op… 🙂 you could do a lot worse. ((603) 636-2644) Lisa and I will be there soon. Tell her Jeff Foliage sent you!
**Late arriving info as of this morning the newly renovated Stark Covered bridge was hit by a dump truck! Engineers are looking at it to make sure it is safe for traffic***
The weather reports for New England say…
I wish my buddy, Jim Cantore at the Weather channel would call and confirm this, but… It looks like over the next two weeks we are seeing above average temps and very low chances of rain. Most of the days in VT, NH and ME show over half the days should be a bright sun with temps starting in the low 80s, slowly declining to the low 70s by October. With low temps in the upper 50s for the next week or so and the 40s by October.
So if those are my parameters I would say we should still be good for most of our plans (hear that Mother Nature?) and worse case there will be colorful areas with a few bare trees mixed in. It won’t be perfect out there and if you do some driving you will are bound to find some great colors. Please also hit those harvest festivals and little town markets because that can be the real fun instead of just going from tree to tree….
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