The transition season in the Adirondacks as colors begin to change
A fall outlook from Yankee Magazine
Relatively dry conditions can cause the leaves to turn a bit ahead of schedule, but they can also help bring out strong fall colors when teamed with favorable autumn conditions.
An early spring can also cause leaves to turn earlier than historical averages, and we did have a historically early spring. But as we learned last year, a predictable and perhaps favorable set up holds true only if the autumn weather cooperates.
Instead, the long term forecasts for this fall are based upon the development of a weak El Nino pattern. In this type of pattern, the Northern tier of the country tends to stay a bit milder, but is influenced largely by a split jet stream. This can, and very well might, give us a very favorable autumn of warm days, cool nights, and relatively dry weather.
Only a pattern like this will bring about the strong red colors that seem to come around every few years, so we can hope that the forecasts are right for a favorable fall.
Photo taken this morning (Sept. 8) in your blogger's neighborhood shows the early signs of fall
To sum all this up, chances are good for an autumn season that comes a bit early, especially in the western portions of the region. Also, conditions could be favorable for the development of red pigments this autumn.
Otherwise, it may just shape out to be an average color year that emerges a bit early.
Several days ago, a needed rainstorm blew through our region. When it cleared, it left us this nice present, and our GM Carl Gronlund captured it.
Have a great weekend!!