The fall colors are on the way!
Well I’m going down my top signs that fall has arrived in New England article and I may have to change the fall colors order since I seem to be on number 8 (Dunkin’ brings back their pumpkin flavors. AND Pumpkin flavored everything!) But the #10 honking geese overhead has not been noted yet…
This could be because the geese’s innate senses of when the weather is turning, is confused. We are looking at another few days of possible heat wave. So the geese are in no hurry to head to their southern grounds.
I’m only worried about a few things (Notice I didn’t say panicked). But worry (or concern) is where I’m at so far. I have heard from Jim Salge (Yankee’s foliage blogger) about patchy color development this year and that seem accurate enough. I’ve been telling you for years that the fall colors rarely happen in a full wave but are more like a splash in a pond with ripples spreading outward. You throw 3-4 small pebbles in the water in different locations and then the colors spread out from that location.
So you will likely be driving along and all the trees along the road are in gorgeous colors and then around the next bend not so much. This may be worsened by the drought. In 2012 the heavier drought of that year made a mess of crops like corn and apples and cut pumpkins back by half in New England. But the fall colors, when found, were spectacular. They were also short lived as they fell off the trees quickly and with little provocation.
This year will most likely be very similar; with very bright colors (moderate drought concentrates the sugars and color producing pigments). So far, we are staying very warm and while cold is one switch that can be tripped for the leaves to turn (and hasn’t) there are two others. Amount of day light diminishes and the amount of sunlight. We’re just under 13 hours of daylight right now and nothing will change the days getting shorter.
Even with the temps on the warm side we have also had almost no rain (bad) but no cloudy days (great for bright fall colors). This Labor Day weekend is clear and sunny across New England so the leaves should be getting super charged by the amount of sun. So lots of daylight and lots of sugars in the leaves can produce the some of the best fall colors.
But if the second half of September goes over to rain everyday cancel all that I said above! Mother Nature can be very fickle.
So I’m heading downstairs for my 2nd cup of coffee and I think I’ll throw a pumpkin spice K-cup in the Keurig and sit out on the deck in the warm sunshine and enjoy the warmth. I may long for the fall colors of autumn but I’m not all that interested in what follows any more than any of you.
15 days and 20 some hours until the 1st day of autumn and the fall colors!
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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.