‘Near ideal’ conditions for fall color

Published 12:19 pm Thursday, October 5, 2023

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The warm, sunny and dry weather has been especially favorable for vibrant fall color.
That’s the latest report from Travis Watson, campus arborist at East Tennessee State University.
“The drier weather has provided lots of sunshine during the day for sugar production and the cool nights combined with shortening daylight hours have set the wheels in motion for change,” said Watson. “As long as we continue to see some sporadic rainfall, conditions are near ideal.”
Watson predicts a breathtaking display of fall color this year. Peak color in the area’s highest elevations is likely over the next two weeks.
“From what I can tell, the highest peaks have already begun to turn and I am seeing a little more blush in our local mountains,” he said. “I am expecting that the next two weeks are going to be ideal for planning a trip through the mountains.”
Watson expects autumn hues to peak in the region’s lower elevations a bit closer to Halloween.
“The next three weeks are going to provide excellent photo opportunities from most any vantage point in our region,” he said. “From misty morning fog in the valleys, to glistening leaves on a sunny mountainside, to the crunch of newly fallen leaves on a mountain pathway, fall in the Southern Appalachians is truly wonderous.”
ETSU’s main campus is an excellent location to enjoy the splendor of autumn. Browse some locations here.
ETSU offers a weekly fall color prediction every Thursday until the season ends. Look for it on ETSU’s social media channels, as well as  ETSU News.

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