As I wrote previously in my blog last week, I raced in the Spartan Beast in Killington September 22.
The worst part of the race was the mountain. Literally. We had to go up and down Killington and nearby Bear multiple times. By mile 10 my legs were so sore. Yet I had to hike up another mile of an estimated 30°-grade. Anyway, I'll stop whining and get on with the blog. At the top of Bear/Killington I began my final descent down a black diamond trail. While above the nearby Otter Creek and Champlain Valley, I got to see some awesome colors coming out. I saw leaves turning about 30-40% peak on the hills surrounding Killington. Thus that area should see a peak on Columbus Day weekend, if not slightly earlier (Thursday, October 4). It was beautiful, lots of reds and oranges. Here are some pictures that viewers have sent in recently.
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Here are some of the latest reports I can give you. Northeastern Vermont, northern New York, and northern New Hampshire are seeing the most color change. Those locations are near peak. By that I mean between 30-50% peak color, thus by the Columbus Day weekend they should be at peak. One report from New York says Tupper Lake, New York and Franklin county are 45% peak as of Sept. 21-22. The same report says Lake Placid is expected to be at 40% peak starting this week (Sept.24-28), and 25% at Whiteface/Keene area.
In Vermont, Grand Isle is the lone location still seeing a lot of green, and very little color change. The rest of the state is turning and moderate turning is happening in northeast Vermont. Northern New Hampshire is seeing moderate turn, while the southern half is just turning.
It's a great time to get out and enjoy it! I'm still expecting a very nice foliage season. However we have some windy days in the forecast. Thus I'm hoping the leaves don't fall of the trees too quickly in the next couple of weeks, as we can get some stiff winds this time of year. Have a great season, please give us updates and pictures if you can, and enjoy!!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier