Recent weather conditions causing problems for foliage

Some leaves are too dry and are just falling off

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A hard freeze officially happened here in western Massachusetts and it might be affecting our fall foliage.

There is still a lot of fall foliage to look at, especially the farther you go west toward Berkshire County, but some leaves are too dry and are just falling off.

The reason for this: not enough rain over the summer to help the foliage for the fall.

Due to having abnormally dry periods, and even moderate droughts here in western Massachusetts, the weather set our foliage back a bit. The above average temperatures in the beginning of the season was also a minor issue.

Mild days and cool nights are the ideal situation for the perfect fall foliage. Having a hard freeze and temperatures near 20 degrees did not help.

However, people are still taking advantage of the beautiful colors. Andrew DiPietro from Westfield told 22News, “There’s a couple good areas out in the Berkshires, Cheshire area, where you can see 7 or 8 different towns at once up on the mountain which is a real beautiful area.”
If you feel as though there are more leaves on the ground now, that’s because the measurement of how quickly the leaves are falling is in the moderate category, which means more raking is most likely going on.

Whether you are seeing peak foliage or still waiting for those leaves to peak, 22News would love to see them and you can send your photos to reportit@wwlp.com.

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