September 5, 2016

September has arrived, and with it, the unofficial start of fall.  The Foliage Network is back for our 18th year to track the colors and provide the very best foliage information available!  At this early stage of the foliage season, there is little color to speak of.  Let's take a look at this summer's weather and see what it may mean for the fall colors.

The average summertime temperatures in the region have been slightly above normal.  Precipitation in 2016 has been mostly normal, with the exception of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee where it has been rather dry.  This lack of rainfall could distress some trees and that could lead to an early color change.  Keep in mind that the weather DURING the foliage season can drastically affect the timing and longevity of the foliage season.  Warm, sunny days, cool, crisp nights and normal precipitation bring about the best foliage conditions.

How will the colors be this season?  Stay tuned to The Foliage Network to find out!

If you are planning a trip this fall, now is the time to make reservations!  Please check out our Places to Stay section to find great accommodations!

Next Report: Thursday, September 8, 2016

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90-Day Precipitation Departure from Normal: Courtesty of NOAA: Courtesy of NOAA

 

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Leaf Drop Map

 

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