Today’s article covers:
- Past hurricanes and should we be worried?
- Fall foliage report and yes the colors are a week+ early
- Please order your Fall calendars now!
Past hurricanes and should we be worried?
The simple answer is yes, but it isn’t so simple. If you look back over the past 17 years. I’ve only recorded two years that the fall foliage season was really horrible. 2005 and 2011 were the worse that I saw. Others will say, “what about Irene in August 2009? Or Sandy in 2012“.
Well I don’t know about you but even though they were serious events, during those years, I turned out some nice pictures in both years, but…
If I want a nightmare, I think about 2005. I was listening to the podcasts at Yankee and their experts were saying, in just a few weeks, we’ll be seeing the fall colors. Then you’d check in a few weeks later and still no fall colors to speak of and you could hear the confusion in their voices. You see we were having a warmer than average fall and it was cloudy and or rainy. (A LOT)
We (the US) had many hurricanes in 2005 but the ones that caused us troubles were the remnants of Katrina around August 31st which dropped 4+ inches of rain across Vermont, New Hampshire and some of Massachusetts. Then tropical storm Ophelia brushed Massachusetts in September. While there were no direct hits. We had a warm wet September and lack luster images resulted.
It doesn’t mean the colors didn’t arrive but they weren’t the bright colors that we love to see. I did find a bright orange tree in Massachusetts but over all, I got nothing much in 2005.
Hurricane Irene caused us major problems in 2011 when she cut through New England. This is another year that my images recorded were at a minimum for fall. It was again rainy and warmer than is conducive for the fall colors. Irene also caused much damage in Vermont. We lost several covered bridges like the Bartonsville and Taft covered bridges. Lucky for us both carry traffic so they were rebuilt within a few years.
So what I’m watching out for is for any remanents of the hurricanes loitering about and dumping rain on us or raising the temperatures to unseasonably warm and any of these could slow down the colors.
The Fall foliage report Sept 11, 2017
You may have read the Forcast and Reports page and be confused because I said no reports before mid-Sept. Well Friday is mid-Sept and the week following is the first day of Fall (Sept 22nd just in case you missed my note on it.)
I want you to keep in mind before you start canceling your travel arrangements and hotels. (most are not refundable so don’t bother) Also in Linda’s images, they are usually a branch or a side of a single tree. If you think you’ll be really happy with a single tree in a sea of green Come on up!
Also in Johns images (and the video below) They are on the Candian border, literally! I drove route 114 a couple years ago and I had to switch my cell phone off so it wouldn’t roam over to the Canadian cell towers. Also my radion started speaking French… Very annoying because I don’t…
I even have a few trees down here in Salem turning shades of yellow and red which is unheard of but they will be bare when the rest of the trees start turning and there is nothing that can be done about that.
Last year versus this year’s color
Last year the was some color between 25 Sept and 1 Oct and this year there will be real color in the North East Kingdom and over into New Hampshire. So put on your happy faces.
Fall Foliage calendars are ready
I just put my calendars up on LuLu and you can go in and order one for yourselves and a few to give as gifts. I have to order a new one for myself as well. So click this link to visit my online store on LuLu. Or click the image.
So all in all, the fall foliage is progressing a little early and I think everyone should be pretty happy. Questions? leave a comment.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
- My Gallery on Fine Art America
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- Join my New England Fall Foliage page on Facebook
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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.
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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.