Autumn color change running late as expected

Yes you can thank (or blame) the weather

Many weeks ago here I did a Fall leaf-looking preview and we discussed how the weather patterns would probably result in some delay on peak color change in Georgia this year thanks to how the Summer weather played out and how the start of autumn weather was looking. Sure enough The Foliage Report bares this out.

So if you’ve been planning a trip to the Georgia mountains or a long Sunday drive around Atlanta keep in mind the change on the whole is still minimal. Or with all the SPORTS OF INTEREST going on perhaps it’s a good thing no need to chase a trip far from Atlanta until next weekend and beyond.

Our recent and oncoming chill however can be expected to accelerate the tree leaf color change in the weeks ahead!

HOW THE COLOR CHANGE IS ON AVERAGE AT THIS POINT BASED ON HISTORY:

ACTUAL REPORTED OBSERVED LEAF COLOR CONDITIONS THIS WEEK:

THE GEORGIA STATE PARKS LEAF WATCH SAYS... Right now, the north Georgia mountains are still mostly green, and we expect peak to be the end of October into early November. Only Mother Nature knows for sure, because weather can change quickly. Currently there is still a lot of green but you’ll find a few vibrant red maples, blackgum, sweetgum, sourwood and sumac, plus purple and yellow wildflowers.

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Kirk Mellish

Kirk Mellish

Meteorologist

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