Fall Color Report

posted in: Michigan Weather Forecast | 27

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…


 

163 total views, 5 views today

newest oldest
Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

It is beautiful outside!! Great day for a nice walk. 🙂

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Enjoy the next couple days .. It all goes downhill from there ..

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

What a mild day! Up to 70 here, once again well above average continuing the month long streak minus about 2 days. Just getting “hammered” with sunshine today.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Keep the cool trend coming! Let’s see a big winter for snow!!

INDY
INDY

Interesting to have already blizzards hitting Out west early in October the squirrels packing away hardcore geese already flying south need INDY say more bring it Winter ..INDY

INDY
INDY

Reading some new forcast models coming out look like some blockage is going to set up to our east slowing systems down moving in from the west going to keep us below normal for the next two weeks starting this weekend how things can change in the weather Dept. ..INDY

Nathan (Forest Hills)
Nathan (Forest Hills)

I always wondered. What if we had one week in July where the temperatures were stuck in the 40s and it was cloudy for the entire week? Would the trees change color that early in the year, or do trees have some internal lifecycle that would tell them it is too early?

INDY
INDY

I believe a lot lead color has to do with the sun and how long the days run seems like when we start losing daylight we lose leafs also…. Interesting thought though…INDY

Slim

Short answer is no. While trees may or may not have a “clock” there are other conditions other then just the temperature.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Currently 62* degrees out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE of GR how current can one be?? Lol…. Beautiful FALL day outside right mokiee?… INDY

Slim

The official low at Grand Rapids this morning looks to be 41. So I got to looking and in Grand Rapids recorded history this year will be at least the 2nd latest that the first 40 reading will be recorded in the fall season. On average the first low of 40 or lower is on September 21st the earliest was August 16, 1979 and the latest was October 24, 1914. Other late dates were October 12th 1931. October 11th 1905 and October 9, 2016. Now for anyone who likes to use analog years the news is good/bad. If you are… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

A very long summer/early fall period, indeed. Still not seeing any real cold air either.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I was wondering about that the other day. Our nights have not been that cool at all compared to what they have dropped to in the past. Interesting. As for the good/bad news, I know a couple who are not going to like that at all.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

It feels like October with the drier air, but it definitely doesn’t look like October with everything so green.

Slim

While not in full color by any means there is some color here just north of Grand Rapids. remember due to the cold in April the trees did not green up as early this year as in some past years as well.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Look at the big daddy coming this weekend for the Dakota’s and Minnesota kind of early in the season to be seeing Blizzards already on the map look out well it is October lol …Going to give us highs in the 40’s this weekend love it!!!INDY

Mookie
Mookie

Another day I’m thankful to be in Southern Michigan. Denver goes from 80 degrees today to a high of 30 degrees and heavy snow Thursday. It will be months before we see a high of 30 degrees and heavy snow here in Southern Michigan.

INDY
INDY

And over a half of year before we see 80’s and 90’s for temps love that even more …..Darn!! INDY

Mookie
Mookie

I’m okay with that. I love spring and fall and a short winter. By the way, WOOD has us in the mid 70’s later this week.

INDY
INDY

Would of never known that part of the warm trio likes Spring and Fall from reading there post ….lol..April’s have been pretty cold the past couple of years so I don’t see Winter running short anytime soon ..Darn…INDY

Mookie
Mookie

Do you mean last April when half the days were in the 60’s or 70’s? Or perhaps April 2016 or 2017 when we had multiple 80 degree days in April? LOL

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

He tends to forget looking up stats and facts when posting. He also almost never backs any thing he says up with any kind of links/facts/pics.

Slim

There are some who think that the weather changes fast here in Michigan. Well that is not the case as North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Ect have much larger temperature and weather swings then Michigan. Heck while Denver may have snow this week come winter they may be sunny with temperatures in the 60 in January.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Currently temp out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE of GR 39* I’m thinking our first widespread frost will come Sunday night around GR ….Last Thursday I drove to Greenville took the back roads lots a beautiful colors the reds seems to be hot this year especially around small lakes in the woods Wabises Rd through the woods had some nice reds and yellows only going to get better in next week or so especially with the cool temps we have coming catch them if you can ….Have a good Tuesday..INDY!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes and our overall long term cool pattern keeps rocking! Winter could be a wild ride! Bring it!

INDY
INDY

Yes 6 out of the last 10 warmer then normal September’s we had above normal snowfall in GR loving that thought…INDY

Slim

I also had a low of 39 here at my house.
Slim