Foliage report Oct 3-9, 2019

Continued above-average temperatures have slowed the progression of fall foliage across much of the state, but a line of recent, strong storms has given many commonwealth forests a badly needed “drink.”

Many dull, brown leaves were stripped off, leaving a yet-to-change green backdrop of unaffected leaves, improving contrast of colors, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The shot of rain, loss of brown leaves, and an imminent, major drop in temperatures should catapult much of the state’s northern tier into prime foliage viewing next week.

The current foliage condition in northern forest districts is good and improving, with peak conditions in the northeast.

While central counties are showing marked changes, southern Pennsylvania forests are showing signs of the season as well, with early but noticeable changes in poplars, maples, dogwoods, sumacs and cherries.

In the northwestern region, color is starting to develop more distinctly on the hillsides and in individual trees. Last week, there was just a hint of color, but this week there are defined areas of red and yellow. Most of the early color is still showing from maples, dogwoods, sumacs, Virginia creeper and sassafras.

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