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This is my end of March forecast for New England

In looking over the Climate Prediction maps at NOAA, for June through December, I’m seeing above average temps throughout New England and average rainfall predicted.

As of right now, (end of March) the summer will be a bit warmer but we should not be in drought conditions through the fall. It also looks like the temperatures will be slow to drop off. If this maintains as an accurate state of our weather, then I could see us being a week late on the colors. (Instead of 20 Sept under perfect conditions, more like 25 Sept for the far north areas)

Most of this will depend on what we ACTUALLY receive in the way of weather. As this is only March, I have a 20% confidence factor in this forecast. Check with me in November when I’ll have a 100% confidence in my forecast… For some reason you’re snickering at me…

Temperatures from August through December look like this.

For precipitation, all the maps for New England look like this.

2016 predicted preciptation

2016 predicted precipitation










Comment to win contest

The comment to win contest will begin here with this article. The next one will fall in mid-May and will follow at the middle of each month. (Image from my calendar)

Our Vermont scenic drive takes us past the Gray farm or Sleepy Hollow farm

Gray farm or Sleepy Hollow

The way this works is you leave a comment on this article (this one is the only that counts for April as it’s the one I count). You can tell me something about a New England autumn that you love or just say a really big hi!!!

About a week later I will count up the comments and assign each a number and then I will randomly pick a number. The person who wins for April will receive from my dwindling supply of 2016, fall calendars. (Only a couple left)

Remember please use an email address that you check because that is normally the only way I have to contact you. If you also use your name in the comment then the following week I will announce the name of the winner and wait for them to contact me.

If they don’t contact me, then I have no way to send them something. In May I’ll be looking to give–a-way a mug or a NH fall foliage ball cap  or some Vermont fall foliage postcards and bumper stickers…

At the end of the year (November 2016) I hope to be able to pick from all the winners in 2016 and I will send one of them a 16×20 canvas gallery wrap of one of my fall foliage scenes… So it will pay to play this summer!

I only allow one person to be a winner in each calendar year (excluding the November grand prize winner) so If you won in 2015 you can still play in 2016 and you will be eligible for the 2016 grand prize. Each year we start over clean.

Remember only comments on this article count for the April win!

Jeff "Foliage" Folger  You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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:
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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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March Fall foliage update — 16 Comments

  1. I LOVE fall in Maine and would visit every year if my family would allow. Being from Florida, I rarely get to experience the wonders and beauty of fall. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. I’m headed to plan my trip for this year

  2. 1st thank you for all your fantastic articles, including this one! My husband & i are planning a fall foliage trip this oct. 1st so i have been following your articals & advice. There are so many amazing places you have mentioned that I’m finding it hard to narrow down the best routes & destinations! I definitely want to see gray farm at sleepy hollow & as many covered bridges as possible in our 9 day trip! I keep sharing your posts for others to enjoy & for me to read again and again. On another note, I hope I win your amazing calendar!! If I would, my email address is ? 😉
    Mimi robbins

    • Hi Mimi, when you created the comment you put your email in there and I can see it that way. I don’t know if spammers would be trolling my comments for email addresses but not to take any chances, I took yours out.
      I will be having another comment to win contest during the 2nd week in May with the winner announced during the 3rd week. I will make these posts dedicated to the contest and less about the fall colors… 🙂
      As far as narrowing it down, you can pick a date and then use that to pick a location… Here is an article that explains what I mean by this.
      Also under the foliage articles on the menu you will see in the pull down “covered bridges”. If you choose that you will get pages of articles that I’ve written about New England covered Bridges. With a location and date picked then you can start picking nearby attractions… Easy, Peasy… or something like that…

  3. I love your predictions on fall foliage and places to visit but I do hope we don’t have a warmer summer and later foliage than normal. I am already planning my fall trips and saving each of your reports for reference.

  4. Great to see your Fall Foliage blog back again for the upcoming season! I have been loving your foliage drive routes and tips, and have saved them all for inspiration for our next trip east.

  5. Oh, Jeff, I hope they’re wrong about a warm summer. I’m heatophobic in a big way. But I do love the photo of the hanging tire surrounded by foliage. That conjures up crispy New England autumn days!

  6. Howdy Jeff, been reading your blog for a few months now, can’t wait to see what you have to say come the fall time. Thanks

    • Me too… it’s always different and sometimes I’m close and then last year it was warmer than expected and it was later than I thought possible. 🙂

  7. You have such great information. I love seeing your pictures and hearing about your trips. I’m hoping I will have a future trip to check more things out. Thanks for all you do to keep us inspired.

  8. I will be keeping an eye on your forecast in order to plan our annual tour of New England!!! We usually hit all the sites (covered bridges, waterfalls, cemeteries, farms, barns and of course stop for cider tastings!!!). There is nothing better than Fall in New England and October in Salem (although Salem is beautiful year round as well) !!!!

  9. Wait, I’m still laughing over your November confidence! Just reserved a rental in Jackson NH for a week in October, always anxious for Autumn, you can’t beat that season of spicy aroma, colorful scenes and endless photographic opportunities!

  10. Comment on the Grey Farm photo: Autumnal New England, where a rural downhill is always uplifting!

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