Driving between Plainwell and Allegan this past couple days I have seen little or no color of the foliage. Generally we see the maples and walnuts changing color in late September this year not so much. Below are the graphics rendered by the foliage network which are updated every three days in the fall – the first is yesterdays and the second is the comparison to last year. This probably due to the warm and wet September we have had this year. We have had a lot of maple leaves falling this year without changing color. The Foliage Network has archives which go back to 2008.
I suspect we will see a rapid change in color next week after the storm system moves through later this week. Winter storm warnings and watches are already in place out west through Montana, Wyoming and western South Dakota. Generally the trees are bare by Halloween.
The next three days will be sunny and pleasant with temps near 70° before the bottom drops out on Saturday. Friday will be warm but wet. After that the temps will be in the upper 40s to low 50s which will be a shock to the system. Seems in Michigan we can’t have gradual movement of weather and temps, we have wild swings back and forth…
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