Wondering what the foliage is going to do?
Foliage Forecast: August through October
Well its in the 90s again today in Salem (whew!) but later this week we’re due for a cool off. When I saw that on the morning news I took a look at the Climate Prediction center to see what they say.
You can read their report for non-technical persons here. (yes I read this) 🙂
What I read into this and looking over the near term reports, to include the Temp & Precipitation charts for August – October, I came up with this. We have a cool down over the next week or so and then August will warm back up again and that warm up will continue through October.
This is not saying that it will continue to get warmer… Only that it will be above the norm for that particular area or month. So if the daytime temp is normally 62F in Woodstock NH, it may stray to 65F or even 67F. I read the report as a few degrees warmer but not massive… Lets revisit this in November to see how we did.
Now the precipitation is the interesting factor here. August is supposed to be above normal rain but going into late August and through to October we’re looking a below normal rainfall in the Northeast. This sets us up for… But first, a commercial break from our announcer.
I thought I would share this covered bridge photograph from NorthField Vermont and the fall colors from my Fine Art America Gallery for New England fall foliage.
And yes purchasing my art helps keep me on the road. Or visiting the advertisers on the page. 🙂
OK, where was I?
This sets us up for a interesting conundrum. I’m going with my Best case:
The warmer temps mean that color may start a little slower and will be drawn-out over late Sept and October. But, if we do get, several inches of rain over August but Sept and October stay relatively dry and sunny, then as the fall colors develop, they will be much brighter and will really catch your attention!
So that was the best case, what is the worst case? Do you really want to know? I would say… Long drawn-out and slow to develop color with no bright colors… Is this going to happen? That I don’t know, I prefer my positive “best case” outlook.
Most likely, it comes down to this deciding factor! If we get lots of sunny days. AND, If we get that along with lower rainfall, then you should have a spectacular fall foliage season!
Early fall foliage reports
Every year we start to see reports of “Early fall colors” and I even posted a mid July Staghorn Sumac leaf shot in scarlet red and green on my New England fall Foliage FaceBook page. And a shot from last week in North Carolina and up in Vermont a few leaves are showing some color!
Do you want to see what Early fall color reports amount to? I shot this on August 2nd (2015) on I-89 (Vermont) heading south with my Cell Phone. As you can see early fall color is clearly evident in the Green Mountains of Vermont! NOT! 🙂
So even if you see me showing examples for “Early fall colors” this is still what you will see if come in August or even early Sept! Like this, shot on 1 August (2015) in St Albans Vermont.
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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.