Fall color will likely reach its peak later than usual this year across a large portion of the United States, and the weather is to blame.
By mid-September, some parts of the Rockies and northern tier often begin to see the early stages of fall color, eventually reaching a late-September peak in the Rockies’ highest elevations, northern MInnesota and northern New England. Then, an early- or mid-October peak is typically found in the rest of the Rockies, Midwest, Appalachians and most of the Northeast.
Similar to last year, however, fall color is likely to run behind schedule again, particularly in the central and eastern U.S.
This is because the eastern half of the nation is predicted to have above-average temperatures in mid- to late September, according to the latest 8- to 14-day outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. The Great Lakes and Northeast could be particularly warm over the next one to two weeks.