Have you noticed the widespread beautiful fall color on many of the trees in and around Central Maryland?
From Baltimore and down to the Eastern Shore the fall foliage is currently approaching it's peak. Beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellow line the streets of this great city and state. Whether it is an Oak tree in Roland Park, Maple in Monkton, Birch in Bel Air, or even an Elm in Elkton you won't be missing out.
Our season has been prolonged due to record amounts of rain and warmer than average conditions. Take for example October where in the first have of the month we had 9 days of 80 degrees or more with only 1" of rainfall. The last 16 days of the month with the first 6 days of November included added in 4.56" of rain along with 11 days below average with highs in the 40s and 50s.
So what are the best conditions for Fall color?
Moisture followed by a dry, cool and sunny autumn with warm days and cool but frost-less nights. Heavy rain or gusty winds can cause the leaves to fall before they fully develop color. This is what we have been seeing as of now.
It's still pretty this year, but the colors are already disappearing in the higher elevations courtesy of the rain and wind. Here in Baltimore and over on the Eastern Shore it looks as if we have 2 more weeks to go before the color fully goes away. If you have any pictures of the leaves, or lack thereof, send them to our FACEBOOK PAGE.