Autumn color change update

Fall leaf watch indicates colors starting to come on this week

Fall Colors continue to progress, and have really kicked into high gear over the past 5 days or so. The cooler temperatures are helping. Really nice color can be seen at most elevations, with elevations from 3,000 - 4,000 peaking now and over the next few days.

This years color change has been very difficult to predict and difficult to describe, as different areas, and even different mountain peaks have been progressing at different rates.

For the Georgia Mountains and adjacent states an optimal week for elevations from 2,500 - 4000 feet. Again, color progression seems to be about 5-7 days behind normal schedules. Wind has blown some of the leaves down, especially at higher elevations.

Still lots of fantastic color to see this week, and for the next 2-3 weeks.

The GEORGIA DNR reports this week that while some standout colors are starting to show across the mountains, forests are still mostly green. Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but we think peak color will be in early November for most northern state parks. Sourwood, sumac, blackgum, sassafrass and just a few maples are the brightest reds right now. Most dogwoods are still muted red, and poplars are gold or brown.

Expect the current chill to speed-up the current leaf color change in the days to come all around ATLANTA and the mountains!


Historically by the first week of November we are at or just past peek change but the warm start to the Fall after the wet summer has delayed the color change:


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Kirk Mellish

Kirk Mellish






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