*Courtesy Travel New England on-line web site*
The maps are showing it.
The following is a link to the "Foliage Forecaster" which has a nice animation of when the colors typically turn in the Green Mountain State:
Also www.vermont.com will start its fall foliage report effective immediately:
|August 31, 2012
After this weekend, Vermont.com's Fall Foliage Reporting Season will begin! We are already starting to experience some leaf-fall and color changes throughout the state, and with the cooler morning temperatures, it's really starting to feel a lot like Foliage Season is here already. Keep checking back here as we continue to gather information from our "Leaf Squad" to report foliage conditions throughout the state!
Unfortunately I'm still waiting for the New York web site to update here:
And this web site is for New Hampshire. It also has a nice animation guide to show you estimated times of fall foliage. However it's still from 2011 and I imagine it will get updated within the next week:
The cool nights we have been having will really draw out these initial colors, mainly across the higher elevations. This morning (Monday, September 3) showed some cool digits on the weather maps, upper 30s across the Adirondacks, lower 40s Northeast Kingdom, and middle 40s for a lot of central/northern Vermont. These cool nights will definitely get the party started in terms of leaf-turning processes.
Since the middle of August (17-19th) the temperatures have been sinking to the lowest levels since early summer. For instance, Tupper Lake, NY has dipped into the 40s 10 times in the last 15 days. St. Johnsbury, VT dipped to 55° or below 14 times in a 17-day period. Burlington, VT has dipped to 55° or below 8 times in that 17-day period too. Thus early estimates show initial color to hit the Adirondack and White Mountains first, then the Northeast Kingdom and northern VT next. You'll certainly see more color on the trees by September 15 in those locations, with the valleys showing faint hints of it.
This is a beautiful time of year. I personally expect the foliage to be very good. There aren't too many cool nights in the near future, but by the upcoming weekend (8/9Sept) we'll have another nice cool swing. Enjoy and be sure to check those links above as they get updated!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier