As leaves change color, healthy foliage season expected


After an eventful start to September filled with heat, humidity, flooding, and hurricanes, it’s easy to forget that fall is just around the corner- and with that comes foliage season, an eventful time in the Two Virginias.

Visit Mercer County Executive Director Jamie Null told WVVA News many ATV resorts already were reporting no vacancy during the busy fall period.

Typically, leaves will begin to change color in mid to late September, peaking in Mid October in the Two Virginias. “When you’re a community resident here you have landmark trees you know that may have some inkling of some fall colors, but mid to late September is typically when we’ll see somethings turn” Null told WVVA News.

Overall, the forecast for the foliage season so far looks good. The wet summer we had will help with the health of the leaves and the color change.”We’re predicted to have a really good color season because we have had that cool weather and there’s plenty of moisture available in the leaf” Jodi Richmond, with WVU Extension Services, told WVVA News.

Cool weather signal leaves that it’s time to change colors. However, there’s such thing as too much cool weather. A prolonged cold snap or hard freeze will decrease the length of the growing season, Richmond told WVVA News.

Ross Harris

Ross Harris

Weekend Meteorologist/ Multimedia Journalist

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