Fall Foliage Report: Oct. 2

Much of northern Connecticut has near peak color, with patchy conditions elsewhere.

Near peak color is spreading through northern Connecticut as of October 2nd with patchy color in all other areas. Color continues to develop rapidly, especially across the outlying areas.

Most of northwestern Connecticut and a portion of northeastern Connecticut are now reporting near peak color. The foliage is most vibrant in Litchfield County, although colors have been deepening nicely as well in the far northeastern hills of Tolland and Windham counties.

Patchy color:
The remainder of the state is now reporting patchy color, including the larger cities and immediate shoreline.

Into this weekend
Fall colors in northwestern Connecticut, especially the highest terrain, will likely reach peak intensity over the next few days. Elsewhere across the state, look for deepening colors in portions of northern Fairfield and New Haven counties, as well as northeastern Connecticut. A trip just about anywhere north of I-84 in Litchfield County should feature the most color this weekend. Also, I-84 near the Massachusetts border in northeastern Connecticut, especially in Union and Stafford Springs, will see plenty of color.

With cooler nights in the coming forecast and shorter days, peak color will spread through northern Connecticut over the next week or so. As colors turn, the leaf drop is also expected to speed up as well. Get out and check out the fall colors while they are still around.

Map color table:
Green – Most leaves are green
Lime green – Patchy color is noted (more than 50% green)
Yellow – Colors are approaching peak (more than 50% turning)
Orange – Colors are peaking (more than 75% have turned)
Brown – Colors are turning brown and leaves are falling

Reports will be posted each Monday and Thursday through the foliage season.

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Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for weather.com. After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design. He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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