Fall Foliage Report: Oct. 27

Most of Connecticut is past peak foliage.

Fall colors are fading across inland Connecticut with colors generally past peak. The coastal plain is noting moderate peak colors. Note that foliage and the leaf drop do vary substantially from one location to the next.

Past peak:
Most inland areas north of I-95 are past peak. Some of the urban areas and deeper valleys may have some patchy foliage left. Otherwise, the leaf drop is fairly substantial with a large number of bare trees.

The coastal plain and a small area near Hartford are hanging onto peak foliage. Recent wind and rain events have mitigated the foliage somewhat, with many leaves now on the ground, but these areas are now featuring the most consistent color.

The urban immediate shoreline from New Haven southwest to the New York border remains near or just below peak color. Again, while the conditions are variable here, there are still many trees in this area with leaves still yet to turn.

Through this week:
The foliage season is just about over, but some color does remain across southern Connecticut. A trip along I-95 and Route 1 will feature at least moderate color in spots. Some locations near the Connecticut River may still hang onto some foliage, but even here the leaf drop has accelerated.

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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