Recipe for Autumn Color

The general “weather recipe” for a colorful autumn includes:

  •  a wet spring
  •  no summer drought
  •  an autumn with warm sunny days and cool nights

This year in the northeast, we have collected all the ingredients needed for a beautiful fall foliage season.  Barring any major wind storms that blow the leaves off the trees or an early frost,  leaf peeping will be in full swing soon.

In New York City the leaves have just started to change, but the color is still a bit patchy.   We typically hit peak color sometime around the last week of October.

First Sign of Autumn in New York City, 2011

Photo Credit: MF @ WeatherGamut

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About Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming is an environmental communicator and visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She is passionate about exploring, learning, and sharing information about the natural world. She has presented her interdisciplinary work in a variety of mediums at venues and conferences around the world.