June installment for New England fall foliage forecast
Well, we had warm weather in February and then the cold lasted from March through April and in fact, the cold broke in May and then came back. Here it is early June and the temps are climbing over the next 7 days! Here’s my big question!
Have you been to the beach yet?
I’m looking at the 2.5-month outlook on the NOAA weather site and I realize I haven’t been to the beach yet! In my defense, it has been darn cold around here in Salem. I know that if I lived in the Carolinas it would be in the 90s daily but that isn’t my cup of tea either.
The bottom line is this… are you getting out and enjoying whatever weather you do have? Fall will be here sooner than you can imagine, Nuff said!
Too much rain?
When it comes to New England fall foliage, my big worry is about too much rain. You see the maples especially those that will produce the bright reds that make us catch our breath are susceptible to tar spot. Tar spot causes the leaves to start turning brown in August to early September. It also primarily affects the maples in my experience. In talking to the forest rangers, they say it’s always there to some degree, but certain years it has covered very large areas.
What kind of fall colors are we going to have?
Well, it all depends… 🙂 I’ve put out calls to photographer friends around New England and only one has any doubts like me. Also…
The trees at this moment appear to be happy and the woodlands are really enjoying all the rain. If we get balanced rain the rest of the summer then I think when the leaves do turn they will stay on longer due to all the rain making them healthy.
But I’m thinking we may have a slow burn autumn. This would be due to above average temps going into Oct. It doesn’t mean they won’t turn, just that they may turn a little later. Which is great for those who arrive in mid-October and want to travel the Kancamagus highway.
Other New England fall foliage factors to keep in mind
The air temps are but one factor to changing New England fall foliage colors. The shortening days also play a really big part and this is something that will win out eventually. Also, the general weather we get plays a big role. If we have a mostly sunny September going into October then the New England fall colors will tend to be very bright. The fall foliage colors will be muted if we get weeks of rain and clouds.
So if you catch someone doing a rain dance, go and kick them in the ankle so they can’t dance until the end of Oct at the earliest.
The final word? Maybe…
The fall colors may be slow to start. The leaves may also be slow to fall. What I’m sure of, is that if it rains, the ground will be wet. As always some of these things are easier to forecast than others… What
As always some of these things are easier to forecast than others…
What else do we have to worry about that could affect our New England fall foliage colors… I don’t want to say this out loud but…
Just between you and me, let’s keep silent about this one and hope they all veer away to the north and fall apart without making landfall…Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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