Peak fall foliage expected late for western Massachusetts

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Fall foliage across Western Massachusetts is better in some areas compared to others. 

Although we were so warm Sunday that it isn’t feeling like fall, it has been for over two weeks now. Autumn in western Massachusetts normally means vivid reds, oranges and yellows, but where are all the colors?

Many trees are still green, but we won’t have to wait too much longer for true fall foliage. 
Peak foliage on a normal year happens around mid October. But a late spring pushed everything behind, and we could be about a week or two later than normal as a result.

Right now, most of the Pioneer Valley’s foliage is in the good category, but that’s still far from peak. Most trees in Hampden County are further behind, and many trees here are still turning.

Leaves make the color change each autumn because the daylight hours grow shorter, and the leaves no longer produce enough chlorophyll which gives them their green color. So the green subsides, revealing the bright colors beneath that are actually there year-round — they are just hidden in the spring and summer. 

Not only will foliage start changing soon to make it really start feeling like fall, but a cool down is coming first. This coming week is looking rather warm, but the week after, you’ll need those jackets as low temperatures once again hit the 30s.

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