Virginia Tech Expert Predicts Good Season for Fall Foliage

Oct 9, 2018

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With cooler temperatures expected across Virginia this weekend, it may soon start to finally feel like fall. And with fall temperatures comes the changing colors of leaves on trees across the state.

Recent rainfall should provide some excellent views when it comes to those beautiful, autumnal colors on trees in the state.

That’s according to John Seiler, a professor of forest biology at Virginia Tech.

“Moisture conditions are very, very good across the state in all the forest soils, and that is typically the one thing that could lead to a less-than-stellar season; if it’s very, very dry, a lot of the yellow colors will go to brown very quickly and a lot of the red colors just won’t develop.”

As far as peak weekends to go out and see those colors, Seiler says that the trees don’t really know what a weekend is. But…

“For weekends, what we’ve got is the 27th and the 28th of October and then the following week, which is the 3rd and the 4th of November. Those are the two weekends I’d be looking at.”

And if those dates don’t work for you, Seiler believes that some pretty trees can likely be seen any time after October 20th.

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This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association