10/10 FOLIAGE REPORT and One Question

Oct 10th, 2000, 01:22 PM
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10/10 FOLIAGE REPORT and One Question

This is the fall foliage report for Tuesday, October 10th.

Peak foliage season has arrived in many areas of the state. The colors are changing quickly as the evenings get cooler. Itís a great time to get out and enjoy the colorful vistas.

The highest concentrations of color are found in the higher elevations and in wetlands throughout the Bay State. The season should last throughout October and into the beginning of November in some parts of the state.

Approximately 70% of the leaves have turned in Plymouth and Bristol Counties.

In the Greater Boston, North of Boston, and Merrimack Valley regions, 45-65% of the leaves have turned with peak color showing in the wetland areas.

Foresters in Central Massachusetts have reported that 85% of the leaves have turned, with higher concentrations of color in the wetland areas.

Greater Springfield foresters report that approximately 50% of the leaves have turned.

In the Southern Berkshires, peak color will be excellent through the week with brillant yellows and orange.

Northern Berkshire foresters have reported peak color.

Our next fall foliage update will be on Wednesday, October 11th.

------------bY THE WAY, one question...I read about orange and yellow...are there no reds or pinks after they've peaked or do the reds and pinks become yellow and orange?
Oct 11th, 2000, 03:58 AM
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to top for leaf peepers
Oct 11th, 2000, 04:26 AM
Neal Sanders
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Miriam, sugar maples are responsible for the brilliant reds; a wet summer and an early frost heightens the colors. The downside is that maples tend to drop their leaves more quickly than do ash, birch, beech, etc.

Maples are in their full glory for about ten days; certainly less than two weeks. So, if the southern Berkshires are reporting "peak color with brilliant yellows and oranges," that's a tourism department's way of saying, "sorry you missed the maples!"
Oct 11th, 2000, 05:28 AM
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Neal, thanks...Maybe the folks who were going this week and next will skip the Berkshires then.
Oct 11th, 2000, 10:31 AM
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I live in the southeast part of Vermont.
The leaves turned pretty quickly this year, from just greenish to lots of color.
But, even our sugar maples do not seem to be showing alot of red this year.
Lots of yellows, peaches and dark oranges.
It was a strange summer, cool, cloudy and wet.
And a brilliant and warm september.
Oct 11th, 2000, 03:50 PM
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Where is the best place outside New York City ti find good fall foliage? WE are leaving Sat. for the city and want to travel near to find some color. Any suggestions?
Oct 11th, 2000, 03:59 PM
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Try the Connecticut Berkshires (northwestern Connecticut). Western Mass may also still have some good color. Basically, head north from the city and you'll run into color!
Oct 11th, 2000, 04:59 PM
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We drove from Rhinebeck, NY through Vermont and New Hampshire up into Maine as far north as Agusta and down the coast from Ogunquit back to Portland from October 1 through October 8. The color variations were outstanding ranging from the dark greens, bright yellows, deap reds and bright oranges. With the sun out it was spectacular. This is the best we have seen in some 20 years. The cold moved down as we left. I think things will change fast. It was raining two days before we left. Unless you want solid color, I think Maine offers the best fall foliage with color variations along the coast due to the milder weather. We are in Maine every year for other reasons but we can't help noticing the trees.

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