Cicada song Heralds the approach of fall foliage
Well, August has arrived and I’ve started to hear the song of the cicada.
It won’t be long until the fall foliage colors start to show. With the severe drought across the United States, I know many people are wondering if or how the New England fall foliage forecast will be affected.
General Outlook for New England
As of August 16th, I’m still going with good to great fall foliage season for New England.
I’ve been reading stories from across the country and all the indicators are pointing towards a subpar fall foliage season out west of the Rockies due to abnormally dry conditions.
Also parts of North and South Carolina and some of Georgia are in drought conditions also. This could affect the Blue Ridge Parkway but depending on the level of drought, it could just make things brighter!
I will to admit that water levels in New England are below where they normally are but we have been receiving at least a little rain during this summer. Depending on where you look we are only 1-2″ below to a more noticeable 3-5″ below normal (southern Maine).
As long as Mother Nature doesn’t get frisky on us we “should have” bright foliage colors and great weather.
The folks at the NOAA climatology prediction labs are still showing New England at a few degrees above normal and this is something I can live with. (Not that I have a choice) 🙂 Rain is the bright spot in this forecast since they say low rain, that will hopefully mean bright sunny days and not weeks of cloudy days and no rain…
The things I still worry about
- First, we have received less rain than normal but in 2012 this gave us incredible fall colors. Also we’re getting more rain but not too much rain which is better than the rest of the nation.
- Second, no one knows if another hurricane or tropical storm will make its presence known like in 2011. (Fingers are crossed)
- Most important! Will we get sunny days and cool nights which is what really triggers the bright colors.
I have other worries, like will the new Zombie show taking over from the Walking Dead be as good?
But I doubt that will affect our fall foliage too much. 🙂
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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.