As long as I’ve lived in Middle Tennessee, this is one of the first times that I’ve seen peak autumn colors arrive so early — before the end of October.
Usually, fall begins to show its colors around here somewhere between mid- to late-October, and the fall foliage is typically the most vibrant anywhere from early- to mid-November.
As seen in the following photos however, you can see what a difference a day makes!
The weather throughout the year, as well as recent weather in the immediate area can have a dramatic impact on how colorful the leaves are, when they start changing, and how long they stick around. So it’s difficult to predict exactly when the leaves on the trees will look their absolute best at this time each year.
Case in point: Last night and the night before, we had some serious storms around here — with a lot of wind and rain and several tornadoes in the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, that kind of weather wreaks havoc on delicate colorful leaves!
The same thing happened in various parts of the U.S. this year, including Ohio:
Windy and stormy conditions are bringing the fall foliage season to a close this week. Recent rain and winds have been bringing down a lot of leaves across the state over the last week. Most Ohio state parks and forests are reporting that peak fall color is over and leaves are expected to start or continue falling this weekend. “This year’s fall color season was much different than what we normally expect,” said Casey Burdick, fall foliage expert for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. “Ohio started with drought stressed trees in mid-September showing early color, then nearly the entire state peaked showing a brilliant display around the second week in October. Lack of rain and strong wind events have shortened our usual 5 to 6 week fall color season. Source
Here’s an update on this year’s fall colors along the Natchez Trace Parkway, along with the fall foliage pictures I took today…