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Fall Foliage 2019

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Yesterday while I was stopped in construction I grabbed this lousy pic of one of the maples in our area that is showing some color on its tips.  There's others and considering the changes coming to the New England landscape over the next 8 weeks or so I thought I would start the thread for this years foliage season.

 

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36 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

Definitely some stressed tree leaf color change around my area

No stress here with copious rain but early leaf drop and spots of change. Its early no doubt 

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Kinda shocked at how much color there is in the foliage already. Took the ride home down 132 and there’s stretches with a lot of red, orange, and yellow. It’s not the meager weak tree stuff either.

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35 minutes ago, dendrite said:

Kinda shocked at how much color there is in the foliage already. Took the ride home down 132 and there’s stretches with a lot of red, orange, and yellow. It’s not the meager weak tree stuff either.

It’s got that feeling where it might be a prolonged foliage season.... early stuff is going real early, but then there’s that stuff that no matter the weather needs to wait for the lower sun angle of October to turn. 

I see most of the early change in the lower elevations around here....it seems like the temp departures have been lower down under 1,500ft compared to higher elevations.  Low dews helping that.

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1 hour ago, dendrite said:

Kinda shocked at how much color there is in the foliage already. Took the ride home down 132 and there’s stretches with a lot of red, orange, and yellow. It’s not the meager weak tree stuff either.

I was noticing that myself looking at some hillsides even in SNE.  You can spot a green hue difference between trees.  It was more noticeable above 1500' in the Berkshires on I-90 but definitely there.  Maybe we're in for a long foliage season...

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"Early corner", a mixed species stand a bit north of the blinker light in New Sharon, is beginning to do its thing.  Growing on very moist soil, these trees color (and defoliate) about 2 weeks ahead of the main color change.

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Yea agree--seems like it could be a really good season.  Been a summer of lots of cool nights and sunny days--at least here in VT. If that continues through Sept, should setup nicely.

Last season was lacking IMO compared the previous few years. Aug/Sept dews/rain were a bad combo I guess

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We definitely have stressed maples starting to turn and swamp maples already flipping in Franklin Co.  I'm feeling a somewhat short but explosive foliage fireworks this year in NW MA.

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Not much color here but today was the first day that you can tell which color each tree is likely to turn.  Very muted but there is that subtle whole-scale change starting.

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3 hours ago, powderfreak said:

Not much color here but today was the first day that you can tell which color each tree is likely to turn.  Very muted but there is that subtle whole-scale change starting.

The color seemed to start early but hit neutral for the last several days. 

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Started seeing a handful of trees changing colors around Woonsocket and Lincoln, RI.

I'm going to try doing a trip into NH and maybe VT during peak NNE fall colors.

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14 hours ago, mreaves said:

The color seemed to start early but hit neutral for the last several days. 

I think the warmer weather paused things.

I'll be going up to northern New England and Quebec next week.  I'm not expecting much but it should pretty interesting.

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Definitely color showing up here. Hard to capture in photos but about 25% of trees have some red in them. Took this today from my beach area looking towards the ski slopes (if you squint you can see the new gondola)

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It's starting... probably two weeks out from the real good stuff but it doesn't look like summer anymore.

Real windy today (Gondola actually closed due to high winds exceeding 50mph gusts), so some of this photo is the underside of the leaves blowing in the breeze.

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After a dud last year in the NC mountains, they seem to think it will be a good one this year. Got to get that cliche Lynn Cove Viaduct shot on the Blue Ridge Parkway ;) . As for you up there, it looks like it is off to a good start. Even when it has struggled I always found good color in the ADK's outside of Lake Placid. Right now, nothing is suggesting any major late season heatwaves, so that is good. We shall see.

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Every time I see these couple houses up on Spruce at 2,200ft, I think of @cpickett79

What a weenie spot to live...3,600ft hill behind you and an obscene amount of precipitation.  Likely one of the most prolific annual QPF spots in the state of Vermont sitting high in the Notch/Mansfield/Spruce area.  You never have to worry about it getting dry, as even a really dry pattern here is more water than most spots. 

If I win the lottery, I'm buying that place and putting an ASOS station up there to see just how low the visibilities are all winter.  Probably could put up a +SN ob 5-6 of 7 days a week during the winter.  Makes the parking lots at 1,500ft seem like the valley.

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13 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

Every time I see these couple houses up on Spruce at 2,200ft, I think of @cpickett79

What a weenie spot to live...3,600ft hill behind you and an obscene amount of precipitation.  Likely one of the most prolific annual QPF spots in the state of Vermont sitting high in the Notch/Mansfield/Spruce area.  You never have to worry about it getting dry, as even a really dry pattern here is more water than most spots. 

If I win the lottery, I'm buying that place and putting an ASOS station up there to see just how low the visibilities are all winter.  Probably could put up a +SN ob 5-6 of 7 days a week during the winter.  Makes the parking lots at 1,500ft seem like the valley.

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Could be the snowiest home on the east coast. Summers have got to be incredible too with temps barely above 80 even during heat waves

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8 minutes ago, LongBeachSurfFreak said:

Could be the snowiest home on the east coast. Summers have got to be incredible too with temps barely above 80 even during heat waves

There are a few good ones 10 miles south around 22-2300’ at Bolton as well. 1/5’th the cost lol

regarding folliage light color past loon mountain above 1K on my drive yesterday 

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27 minutes ago, STILL N OF PIKE said:

There are a few good ones 10 miles south around 22-2300’ at Bolton as well. 1/5’th the cost lol

That’s a good point; that top house up there on Snow Drift Road appears to be just a touch over 2,300’, which is definitely high elevation for a house in this area.  It doesn’t have the open views of those houses at Stowe, but it is slopeside, and you literally walk off the edge of the yard and you’re at the Five Corners area of the Bolton Valley alpine trail network.  That’s actually quite a prime slopeside spot on the trail network because you can ski right down to the main base via Lower Villager, or the Timberline Base via Timberline Run.  It’s a five trail intersection, so you’ve got three additional trails (Timberline Lane, Five Corners, and Upper Villager) starting right there that you can skin up for runs as well.  It’s a pretty sweet spot for a skier, or just somebody who likes snow.  I’d guess the snowfall average there is pushing 250” a season?  With respect to the spine of the Northern Greens, it’s going to have western slopes snow climatology vs. probably a more eastern slopes snow climatology at the houses PF pointed out, but both can obviously be awesome depending on the season.

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1 hour ago, alex said:

Progressing very nicely. Some of the little trees are really stunning. Is there a reason why saplings tend to be so colorful?

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Alex,  I really don't have a good idea but maybe a theory?   Near ground level, at night it is much colder than say 30 or 40 feet up a tree.  So maybe the average temperatures at sapling level help them "think" it's later in the season than further up the tree?  That is just a hunch??????

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7 hours ago, CoastalWx said:

PF was that from today? Color moving along nicely. 

It's coming along and does vary from hillside to hillside.  It's still 50% or more green, IMO on the whole.  The green has changed to a lighter green and almost yellow-green through, with some red and orange patches starting to show.

Here's a view of the early color in the Notch.

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