Is it just me or is foliage better near the metros this year? Imby, some trees still show healthy green leaves, but just on the other side of the street the reds and yellows look amazing!
As a side note, I have this random theory...the overall seasonal brightness can be used to forecast winter temperature anomalies. Hear me out. Because healthy vegetation relies on ideal temperature and precipitation patterns, one can hypothesize that greener growth late in autumn may imply warm signals in the longer range. I think precipitation during the middle of the summer allowed leaves to grow healthily and are lasting this late due to the warmth we've had since much of September, despite dryness over recent weeks.
Perhaps those of us who haven't seen so much color would be most threatened by winter's vengeance?