Fall Brilliance Dimmed by Drought

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Another expert is weighing in on the outlook for fall foliage.

Don't expect to see brilliant colors this year. That's the opinion of Richard Thomas with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

He says the prolonged drought will mean washed out color this fall in parched areas. Thomas predicts that peak season in Virginia will be mid-to-late October. But he says the leaves will fall earlier than usual this year.

Extension agents have said that parts of West Virginia and western Virginia have reported low color change of somewhere between 11 and 20 percent.

Some forecasters say that a couple of weeks of chilly nights, sunny days and some rain might bring back a little color.

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