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Fall foliage questions for fall 2012 — 5 Comments

  1. We live in upstate NY. Two years ago, when we had a fairly dry summer (not nearly as dry as this year) there were no fall colors. We were so dissappointed. We took a drive up through Blue Mtn. and Old Forge and all we saw was yellow. (We were told by the locals that it was due to lack of rain.) How do you think this “drought” is going to affect the colors this year?

    • Hi Bobbi, what you’re asking is the 64 million dollar question that everybody wants to
      know. I’m assuming that you were looking around New York in 2010. In my travels in 2010, through New England, I found wonderful color but I will admit to a lot of yellows and oranges. Worst case it will be an average year and there will be more yellow and orange then strong reds. The colors may also be lighter in hue..we’ll see what we get.
      Once we start getting cold nights and bright sunny days then I still think we will have a great foliage season.

      It’s very simple though, if the weather doesn’t cooperate and we get cloudy rainy days for weeks on end then we will get little to no color. For the colors to be revealed to us then we need sunny days and cold nights (not freezing but upper 30s works)…

      I hope this helps and ask again if I’m not clear…
      Jeff Foliage

    • That is weird. I live in the Southern Tier of NY and 2010 was one of the best years I can remember for foliage. Orders of magnitude better than the 2011 season. I have several comparison shots from both years to show just how much better it was in 2010. It also came about 3-4 weeks earlier than in 2011.

      • I agree with you 100% that 2010 was far better than 2011. I’m not sure what you’re referencing is far is 2011 compared to 2010 this particular article only talks about going from New York into Vermont and as such the questioner wanted to know how that would work.
        the fall color in 2011 was far delayed, first by the cloudy and rainy weather that lasted up to the Columbus Day weekend. After that our season started to pick up and move forward but was eventually stopped dead in its tracks by the October 29 snowstorms.
        All in all my only comment that I can backup is that the fall foliage in most years will travel from North to South and in sort of a East to West direction depending on the jetstream and the temperatures that comes south with it. Also the colors will develop at higher altitudes due to the lower temperatures and at low altitudes in the swamps due to the trees being stressed at having their feet in water hence why we call them small Maples.
        I don’t know if this clarified anything but I thought your comment needed a comment 🙂

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