Disappointed In The Fall Colors This Year? You’re Not Alone
Experts agree the Fall foliage has been pretty underwhelming this year, and not just in Central New York.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Professor Don Leopold spoke to Syracuse.com about the disappointing showing this year and why it's happening.
First, Leopold says Central New York and the rest of NY aren't alone in missing out on the usually vibrant colors of Fall.
He told Syracuse.com that he just returned from Michigan, and his Mother lives in Cincinnati, both areas where Autumn colors show up strong, but this year they were just as drab and boring in those areas too.
The reason has a lot to do with the weather.
A warmer than usual October kept trees growing, so they didn't begin to shed leaves and change colors at the normal time.
It hasn't been cold enough for trees to begin to break down their chlorophyll, and that's where those beautiful colors come from - the lack of chlorophyll.
We also haven't seen a lot of sunshine recently. It's been almost perpetually cloudy for the last few weeks and Leopold says the sun is a major factor in fall colors.
It looks like we'll have to wait for 2019 to get better fall colors. More warm temperatures are expected in the coming weeks which will keep the colors from emerging, and more rain will likely knock most of the leaves off the trees before they have a chance to change.
Better luck next year I suppose.