Fall foliage might not be as bright this year

Lack of rainfall means leaves may drop early

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Fall in western Massachusetts; the beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange light up the trees.

It’s why many residents enjoy hiking Mount Tom in Holyoke. “It’s one of my favorite places to go especially in the fall. It’s really breathtaking,” said Anna Anipko of Westfield.

“I think everyone looks forward to fall. The falling leaves, the changing of the colors,” said Meredith Webber of Ludlow. “Even just driving around sometimes in local areas I’m taken back by how beautiful it can become.”

However, this year our fall foliage might not be as bright or last as long. The lack of rainfall means leaves may drop before they even have the chance to develop their colors.

One local resident is worried about the tourists. Taylor Lasante of Holyoke said, “It’s going to be a huge disappointment when they get there and there’s really nothing to see anymore.”

It’s not just the lack of rain, western Massachusetts saw another problem this year that could affect our foliage this year. Gypsy moth caterpillars stripped the leaves off of 350,000 acres of trees across the state; from eastern Hampden County to Cape Cod.

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