Those of us who are blessed to live in the mountains call this season “leaf gawker season” and to be honest with you, you’re not the only ones gawking at the gorgeous colors that USUALLY are on display by this date in October (story posted October 8th, 2016). However, for this particular version of Fall Leaf Season – as it applies for all of the mountains from North Georgia, into the Smokies of Tennessee, the mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland…we are probably a good 7-10 days behind schedule.
The Sugar Maples are usually the first to turn in September and they did. However, we really have not had the kind of cold temps at night OR the needed rainfall to make Ma Nature do her thing. There have been a few cold temps here and there but not enough to make for any summer-to-autumn transition.
The map to the right was provided by fallfoliagenetwork.com and I would only tweak it just a bit to say that there are a few pockets of moderate/patchy color at some of the highest elevations such as around Mt Mitchell, Beech Mountain and atop Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia.
One of the cooler cameras that you could check periodically for Autumn color is up at Wisp Resort in Garrett County, Maryland where some color is beginning to pop. Check out: http://www.resortcams.com/webcams/wisp/
Stay tuned for more color and hopefully we’ll see some quick changes as we approach the Annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Think cold…