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Offline Jeff Foliage

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2017 a good year or just average?
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:54:04 AM »
The question on my mind is what kind of autumn will we have... OH! Sorry, maybe I should explain. I'm Jeff Foliage and I blog about the fall colors each year. http://www.jeff-foliage.com
The spring in New England has been slow to start but that hasn't been factual. At the end of January and early Feb we thought spring had arrived...
Mother Nature said no so quick and we had another 4+ week or snow and miserable temps. Today we hit the 70s along with tomorrow and then back into the upper 50s through the weekend. But it looks like Mother Nature will relent and allow spring to take hold.
I'm not a weatherman so I can't say what the rollercoaster effect on the temps will do. but I'm looking at how much rain and when we get it. Too much rain on a day by day basis can lead to tar spot and this affects the maples. The reds can be lost if this happens this year...
As I remember in 2007 was a year without much in the color red for just this reason, could this be another year like that? Time will tell...
Check my website for more like that or ask a question here. I'll try to stop in from time to time and help the staff out... Of course, if you want to know something about the NEK (NorthEast Kingdom) Ask for John as hi lives up there at Island Pond...
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Re: 2017 a good year or just average?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 11:52:07 AM »
On a good note the drought that had been effecting New England has subsided for the most part. I don't know how that will effect the fall foliage though.

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Re: 2017 a good year or just average?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 10:27:31 AM »
It's good to hear that the drought has subsided up in the NEK.

One of the benefits of low drought or good moisture in the ground is: Happy Trees...

Happy trees mean the leaves won't fall as fast and the season will last longer.

But the downsides can be many... First the El Nino is coming back and that usually mean a warm fall, not like it hasn't been that way for the past 4-5 years. This can cause several effects.
1. The fall colors may be slow to arrive
2. If we get warm but cloudy weather the colors will again be slow to arrive and not as bright.
on the good side. When they do arrive they will stick around no matter what color they are.

There are all sorts of combinations and different areas of New England have different weather patterns. While the NEK is having a cool Sept with the jet stream dipping down over it with bright sunny days. Massachusetts and north into central NH/VT may be getting rain and cloudy days so the color may come on like a rush of color while nothing is showing further south... Sometimes it's just the higher elevations getting the lower temps and they start turning sooner while in the valley, not as much.
This is the way of the fall colors.


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Re: 2017 a good year or just average?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 10:27:31 AM »