CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team is working for you with this season’s fall foliage outlook.
There have many weather anomalies this year from hurricanes and storms to much warmer temperatures. But that could now affect when we see fall foliage.
Right now, we could have good foliage in Massachusetts and great foliage in northern New England. The reason we’re seeing it so late can attributed to heat. The leaves change colors due to a chemical called chlorophyll, which makes the leaves green.
As temperatures go down, that chlorophyll deteriorates and shows the red, orange, and yellows we see this time of year. The warmer weather has delayed that process.
Our seasonal temperature outlook shows that we could see an even further delay as New England is expected to be much warmer than normal.
Unfortunately we’re only getting some fall foliage here in Massachusetts. But if you Upstate New York there’s some spots where it’s peaking up near the Canadian border. There’s some good foliage in Vermont and northern parts of New Hampshire and Maine.
We are seeing a later fall foliage peak this year, because of the extreme weather we saw and specifically the intense rains are holding it back. The rain we continue to get could delay the peak further.
The peak could come as late as toward the end of October and into early November. Normally we’d be seeing it in the next few days in an average year.
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