Fall is coming!


Ah, fall: Sniffles, homework, and scheduling conflicts abound, but it’s the one time of year that walking down the path to Mocon becomes a veritable acid trip. MSNBC says this fall’s going to be a doozy:

If you’re heading to New England this fall, you may want to bring your sunglasses. According to the experts, the autumn forecast is looking exceedingly bright — bright red, bright yellow, and bright orange, that is — as the annual foliage fireworks display is about to go off.

In fact, this year’s leaf-peeping season is shaping up to offer a dramatic departure from last year, when unseasonably warm autumn temperatures delayed the color parade in several areas. By contrast, this year’s moist spring, warm summer, and cooler fall nights have helped set the stage for a healthy forest canopy and kaleidoscopic colors.

Even so, predicting when the foliage show will kick into high gear is no easy feat. Some visitors settle on the Columbus Day weekend (October 7–9 this year), which often serves as the expedient, if not the actual, peak of the season.

October 7! That’s so close! Last year the leaves were vibrant for like a weekend and then blew away seemingly overnight. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.