Fall is officially here and the leaves are starting to drastically change colors in some spots across the country! It all has to deal with the changes in the length of daylight and temperature. As we inch closer to winter, temperatures trend cooler and the length of daylight decreases... this causes the leaves to put an end to their food-making process--allowing the chlorophyll to break down. Chlorophyll is what makes the leaves appear green...so as the leaves lose their green pigment, other colors such as yellow, orange, and red become more visible! Leaves are currently at their peak or past peak in parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Minnesota.
The leaves are near peak or currently peaking across far western Maryland to Hagerstown! There is minimal-patchy leaf changes occurring near and around Baltimore. Leaves will likely reach their peak mid to late-October in Central Maryland and along the Eastern Shore. I know many Marylanders are eager to see the bright, beautiful colors! Happy Fall Y'all!