With Friday being the official first day of autumn, fall foliage tours began around the U.S. Soon trees throughout the States will be blazing reds, oranges, and yellows. Unfortunately, a lack of rain in some drought stricken states may cause the trees to turn brown before they have a chance to display their beautiful colors.
It's not only trees in drought ridden states that have a problem, though. States that have received lots of flooding will not experience the normal beautiful fall foliage either this year. The extra moisture caused an overgrowth of anthracnose, a leaf fungus. What a tragedy that many areas throughout the U.S. will miss Mother Nature's beautiful autumn display because of adverse weather this past summer.
Even though the colors may be less brilliant than usual, all is not lost. There is still plenty of beautiful leaves to see on tours. The Connecticut State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection even has a new fall foliage tracking website to check before a tour to help plan a route. That is exciting news for many who take annual tours to check out the changing of the seasons. Does your state have something similar?
The weather over the next six weeks will likely affect the colors of the leaves too. Do you plan to do any viewing of the spectacle that the trees make as they shed their leaves?
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