Here’s why you shouldn’t wait too long to go leaf-peeping in New England
Leaf peepers should know that the timing and color intensity will vary from north to south.
Fall in New England. There’s nothing like it.
Apple picking, fairs and corn mazes are a staple. So is taking a drive along the numerous back roads to check out the beautiful colors as leaves begin to change.
But if you’ve been putting off taking the time to enjoy nature’s show, you may want to start planning that drive sooner rather than later.
A fall foliage expert and former meteorologist at the Mount Washington Observatory, Jim Salge, said leaf peepers should know that the timing and color intensity will vary from north to south.
"Near the Canadian border, spring was dry and summer rains failed to ease the drought," he said. "Even if there are warm and wet periods this fall, strong cold fronts and cool breaks will likely cause dry forests to turn earlier than usual."
Things are looking better for those people who are checking out the foliage further south.
"The setup for autumn remains encouraging, despite the pockets of insect damage and a lingering potential for rainfall-fed fungus growth," Salge said.
He said generally, fall color tends to last longer after a wet summer.
"We expect a season that is either on time or later than historical averages," Salge said.