The September foliage report is showing the beginnings of color through the region. Please don’t panic… it’s just the beginning of colorful things to come.
Possible tropical storm brewing
It’s also the start of the storm season. A quick glance at the weather reports shows a tropical depression wave is building down over the Lesser Antilles Islands (Invest 97L is the designation). Right now it’s nothing more than strong winds (35mph) and heavy rains. I will keep an eye on it and you’ll see the weather folks start reporting on it if it continues to build in the coming days.
Next 30 days critical for rain and temperature
I’m watching temps around the northern areas of New England. (10 day forecast)
- Caribou Maine which is about as far north as you can be and still be in New England. Their temps are seesawing back and forth with late night temps between 55F to 39F.
- Dixville Notch NH is showing a night-time cool down (to 39) but then a warm up (the upper 50s) by the 10th and this means no big jump in colors unless we see the temps at night staying in the low 40s to upper 30s.
- The NEK VT (North East Kingdom) here the temps drop down from a low near 62 to 50s and upper 40s over the next 10 days.
I have been checking in with Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel (he’s a Vermonter you know) and his tweets to me are posted below. You did know you can stay up with me on Twitter @Foliage_Reports.
@Foliage_Reports As you know the key is the 30-45 days leading up to peak color w/ warmdays/coolnights & limited rainfall & overnight warmth
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) August 29, 2013
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) August 28, 2013
Be open to the unexpected
You never know what you may find when you are on the back roads of New England and this is the essence of The Art of Getting Lost. In this image I was out with noted Photographer Gustav W. Verderber who live in the NEK. He is also one of my New England Photography Guild photographers and we spent a morning with him taking me around to explore his backyard (the NEK).
He showed me a pond where I could see the potential for images to be made but the colors hadn’t developed as of 28 Sept, last year. But I took some pictures of the pond and forgot about them. I was going through last years pictures and came on this one and thought it might have more merit. What are your thoughts…
Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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