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New Englanders - Are trees turning earlier this year?

Sep 25th, 2009, 02:53 AM
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Concord NH area is definitely starting to turn. There's some spots along brooks with lots of color. Just starting to see spots of color in the distance in the hills. Cold front is moving in tonight with temps in the 30s. Had a light frost last weekend. Huge amounts of pine cones this year supposedly indicative of a cold winter ahead.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Huge amounts of pine cones this year supposedly indicative of a cold winter ahead.

Really? That's NOT what I want to hear. I've also noticed tons of pine cones around here, way more than last year.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 08:10 AM
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yk, bundle up! The Farmers Almanac has also predicted a cold winter. I need a new pair of winter boots so I hope it doesn't snow before Halloween like it did one year. That was the year it never melted until April or May. I remember some folks in my town shoveling off gardens so daffodils could bloom.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 09:20 AM
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I am in north central Vt and color is definitely starting here, but it usually does start by late September. We are supposed to have a cold night tonight which might speed things up. I don't think it is much earlier than usual.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 02:45 PM
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This all sounds so good to me. we leave in 5 days will be in Stowe for the Columbus Day long weekend (& driving up from Boston over the preceeding week). How perfect if it was cool............ so excited. Supposed to be 34deg C here today (93deg F) and its only early spring!

Still deciding what sort of coat/jacket to bring. I'm guessing layering will be the key?
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Sep 26th, 2009, 03:21 AM
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We're seeing scattered color around Rutland. Some of the mountains also are showing colors, including some pretty reds and oranges. The white birches tend to be more yellow, of course. Our local TV stations show heavier color underway in the Northeast Kingdom.

By the way, for foliage in the fall, much is said about the beauties of Rte 100 in Vermont, but Route 7, between Manchester (VT) and Rutland can be gorgeous, too, when you look over to the east at the Green Mountains!

We live on a high ridge, where we're blessed with daily views of gorgeous color in autumn right from our deck! We planned and worked for some years to be able to retire to just such a spot. We love it here, and we feel blessed to be here!
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Sep 27th, 2009, 03:52 AM
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aussie, since you aren't aclimated to the cold, you might feel it more. I did some garden work yesterday in a tee shirt but wore a jersey and sweater to dinner. The restaurant had their fireplace going and I added a fleece jacket when we left at 9pm. Nights are 40s and 50s but you should expect some below freezing nights by the time of your visit to the Stowe area. Which reminds me ... make sure your rental car has a windshield scraper just in case. Layers will work well. You might want a warm hat and gloves.

RetiredVermonter, I think most of VT is gorgeous so you are right, if people explore other areas besides Rt 100, they will see some great scenery.
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Sep 27th, 2009, 04:08 AM
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My husband and I drove from the Montpelier, Vt area over to Addison County in the western part of the state south of Burlington yesterday. There is almost no color yet in Addison and Chittenden counties. As I indicated above, we are seeing some good early color around here now.

Yesterday was a gorgeous fall day. We visited Rokeby, a National Historic site in Ferrisburgh south of Burlington. This is a place we have driven by for years w/o having time to stop. Yesterday was Museum Day with free admission to the site and we were headed to Burlington for the evening so we decided it was time to see Rokeby. It is a fascinating place--the home of a Quaker family for four generations and full of original furnishings and artifacts. We were the only people on the 2:00 tour. The guide was great and we learned a lot about Merino sheep farming, the abolitionist movement in Vt and New England history in general. There are walking trails behind the house. (We ended up giving a donation of more than the usual admission fees would have been)

I agree with retired Vermonter that Route 7 on the southern stretch he mentions is a very nice drive. But beware that farther north and especially north of Shelburne into Burlington it is very congested and built up for a while--not at all good for leaf peeping.
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Oct 2nd, 2009, 03:40 PM
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Just retuned from my weekly work drive to Western Mass/Taconic/Berskshires. A little more color compared to last week but still predominantly green. You can see patches of red/yellow here from the sugar maples turning. Birches are mostly yellow now, and are quick to drop their leaves in a rain/wind storm.

One more week should be getting near perfect. There's a fine line between lots of brilliant color in a sea of green quickly transitioning to bare trees mixed with brown.
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Oct 3rd, 2009, 01:40 AM
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It's getting pretty colorful in the Concord NH area. Some early color in wet areas is already dropping. It's really hard to tell but now I'm seeing color among the greens in the distant hills. So, looks like I was wrong about it being early. It's pretty much on schedule for Warner Fall Foliage Festival over Columbus Day weekend.
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Oct 3rd, 2009, 03:22 AM
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Foliage is peak or close to peak now in the Northeast Kingdom and north central Vermont. Pretty much on the usual schedule. Unfortunately it is raining today and probably at least part of tomorrow.

We are headed down to The Festival of the Hills in Conway, MA this weekend. Conway is a hill town just off of I-91 (S. Deerfield exit) and this is a good foliage festival if you are in the area.
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Oct 5th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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We were away for a whole week, and I was surprised that it still looks pretty green here in Boston when we got back yesterday. There are some colors and leaf-drops, but still quite green!
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Oct 7th, 2009, 04:13 PM
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Just retuned from my weekly work drive to Western Mass/Taconic/Berskshires. Still a lot of green, but much less since last week. The green that's present is more muted. Still some brilliant reds and oranges, and much more yellows. Very few if any bare trees.

While probably not the definition of true peak it's pretty close to peak in my book. One windy rainstorm and the early colors (reds/orange) will drop leaving bare spots.

Another week and the oaks will have mostly turned from green to brown/deep red and the brilliant colors will be gone.

Mid Hudson valley isn't far behind.

Get out and peep while the gettin's good!
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Oct 8th, 2009, 02:26 AM
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We are starting to lose leaves in north central Vt after all the rain storms, but the color is still good. I drove from Morrisville to Montpelier on Rte 12 yesterday and the hills were beautiful. Today is the weather forecaster's "pick of the week" and our friend who is visiting from D.C. should have a good day for peeping.
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Oct 8th, 2009, 10:25 AM
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We just returned from a three day trip to the White Mountains on Tuesday night. It wasn't at peak yet, but the color was gorgeous. My husband and I prefer it slightly before it's officially "peak" because we'd rather see green mixed in than brown. The odd thing was, when we drove further north, the color seemed to be at the same level.
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Oct 23rd, 2009, 03:39 PM
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I must say, it's just about peak color now where I live (~9 miles West of Boston).
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Oct 23rd, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Just retuned from my weekly work drive to Western Mass/Taconic/Berskshires. Very little green at all. Most of the brilliant, early sugar maples are now bare. Oaks have turned crimson. Lots of color - mostly yellow with red/brown mixed in. Slightly past peak but still beautiful color.
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Oct 24th, 2009, 03:45 AM
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Foliage is gone here in northern Vt. OUr son who took the train down to Philadelphia on Tuesday said there was good color through western MA. Unfortunately with rain this weekend the trees will lose leaves.
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