My first thoughts on the drought and how it will affect the New England fall colors.
First! Don’t worry be happy!
I’m reading blogs and news reports of the forest services in MA, VT, NH and the general consensus is that depending on where you are this will be a normal or above normal year.
Everybody wearing their fall foliage smiley face?
Ok, deep breath, the drought affects different trees in different ways… (not the solid answer you want right? read on…)
I know that doesn’t sound good because you have laid out big bucks for your fall foliage vacation.
I hear this a lot, “I’m looking for perfect fall colors and if I’m not guaranteed of perfect colors I’m cancelling” (slight paraphrase).
My advice for someone like this is simple. STAY HOME! It will never be perfect.
I’ve never seen “perfect” fall color everywhere across an entire region. Have I seen “peak” sure but I’ve seen much more wonderful fall colors that doesn’t come close to the mythical “peak”.
If I find 50% of the trees are at full color, I’m happy, If I find 75% of the trees are at full color, I’m ready to have a heart attack. If I do see an area that does look like “peak”, then I’ve died and gone to heaven…
Just for the record, I’ve seen peak 5% of the past 15+ seasons. I’ve seen 75% of full color about 55% of the same time frame. I’ve seen 50% of full color around 95% of the same time frame.
What to do about my plans?
Well check Jeff_Foliage.com for current updates and leave your questions on the current articles.
Next don’t worry about the fall colors as much as planning to explore and find all the wonderful things to do in New England
I hope this was helpful.. a little 🙂