Foliage Season Nears Its End
November 13, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
The brilliant 2014-15 foliage season is coming to an end as the colors start to slip southward. While many trees along the Interstate 95 corridor in the Mid-Atlantic and across the Southeast have their leaves, peak colors are starting to fade.
Astronomically, the first day of fall was September 22, when the sun`s perpendicular rays cross the equator. Each day is getting shorter, and this causes a chemical reaction in the leaves that leads to the color changing. As days become cooler and shorter, the trees ability to make chlorophyll, a pigment that keeps the leaves green, decreases and causes the leaves to become red, orange and purple. Click here
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While some great golds can still be found across the North and South Carolina Piedmont and Tidewater, areas of the Mid-Atlantic have passed their peak at this point. Residents from Columbia, S.C., to Raleigh, N.C., can still expect to see peak colors this weekend. Meanwhile, areas to the north have passed their peak or have bare trees. Breezy conditions over the last couple of weeks have brought the foliage season to a rapid conclusion across New England. To see the best colors in the Carolinas, follow Interstate 95 across the region. Numerous east-west roads won`t require much of a trip off the main highways.
Meanwhile, the season has come to an end in the Midwest. A few good colors can be found across the Deep South and into the southern Plains, but otherwise peak foliage has passed.
It will feel like November or even December across the eastern U.S. this weekend. High pressure along the East Coast will mean plenty of sunshine, but leaf-peepers in the Carolinas will need a jacket as highs only reach the lower 50s. Areas to the north will be in the 40s and 30s. In the southern and central Plains, the weekend will include an approaching storm system that could bring a rain/snow mix to Oklahoma and Arkansas.
This is the last foliage report of the 2014 season. We hope you have enjoyed these updates over the past couple months, and hope you will check out our other features and stories over the winter and beyond. Don`t forget to share your foliage photos by clicking on the "Your Photo" link on this page or directly from your smartphone and tablet via the WeatherBug mobile application. In addition, you can get the latest weather updates anytime on Twitter.
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