When will the colors pop?

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Leaves on the trees are still green. With warm temperatures here in Connecticut during the end of September, some are wondering if that will delay our peak foliage season.

About a mile away from downtown New Haven, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s plant pathology lab is busy dealing with identifying and categorizing diseases of plants. From the drought, to the defoliation of trees due to gypsy moths, our trees have taken a beating over the last few years. We’re also seeing extremely warm temperatures. So, will the foliage be delayed this fall?

Dr. Yonghao Li of the plant pathology lab at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven explained, “This season started maybe two or three weeks late. And then this late warm weather conditions maybe delayed the fall color coming this year.”

So how late will it be? Well, because of the recent weather, we’re likely to see our foliage peak a week or two late. This means peak foliage is about three weeks out from the Litchfield Hills and the quiet corner, a month out for other inland areas, and five weeks or so away for the shoreline.

But will the color pop this year?

“If we can get the cold night temperature and still dry, no strong winds, we can get really good fall season color.” Mentioned Dr. Li.

So even though our fall foliage might be delayed, it’s important to realize that it’s not an indication that winter will be delayed as well!

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