Fall Foliage Might Be Late This Year

September 20, 2019

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The Autumnal Equinox arrives Monday morning at 3:50am, which means the first day of fall greets us at the start of next week. And while we are enjoying pumpkin spice everything, the main star of fall will most likely be late this year. According to The Weather Channel, this year’s fall foliage schedule will likely be delayed by several weeks across the nation. The forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts unseasonably warm temperatures for the next two weeks, which could impede the color-changing process. Warm temperatures aren’t necessarily bad for fall foliage, as long as they occur during the day and are offset by cool nights. Since meteorologists don’t expect the overnight temperatures to drop off yet, plants will likely continue producing enough chlorophyll to keep their leaves green in the coming days. The good news is that this year’s fall foliage should only be about a week late, and meteorologist say if the current weather forecast holds, we'll see a longer season and a more vibrant season than last year. For us in Florida, we can expect the leaves to change in early November and peak in late November (perhaps a week of two later than normal).

SOURCE: Travel + Leisure

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