FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — As many enjoy a local, state, federal and workday holiday Monday for Columbus Day, the fall colors are beginning to deepen across Connecticut.
State foresters predict that Connecticut will have a magnificent foliage season, with vibrant colors that last through much of October, especially in Fairfield County.
“Connecticut’s woodlands are poised to present a brilliant display of colors this fall given spring and summer rainfall amounts and moderate temperatures," said Christopher Martin, director/state forester for the Division of Forestry, Bureau of Natural Resources for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. "Continued moderate conditions will set Connecticut on a path toward an ideal foliage season this year.”
The leaves are changing in the northern parts of the state first, and then will move down into the valleys and down toward the shore, according to the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
Peak foliage has begun in Connecticut’s northwest and northeast corners, according to the National Weather Service, and will be followed by eastern and western mid-state counties by this weekend, Oct. 17 and 18.
The shoreline and lower Connecticut River Valley will peak toward the end of October or early November.
A good resource for information on fall color is DEEP's Connecticut's Fall Foliage page. There you’ll find information on:
- Where to view the fall foliage
- The colors of fall - providing information on the leaf colors produced by different types of trees
- Why leaves change color
- The destinations and attractions across the state that provide interesting and unique vantages from which to view the foliage.
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