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Leaves Hang On for Dear Life

It's the Veterans Day weekend and for a second straight year, the warm fall has allowed for autumn hues to stay vibrant. TC blogs up a colorful weekend foliage report.

Fall Foliage Hangs On

Thanks to a week long spell of Indian Summer, fall foliage procrastinators have another shot at enjoying autumn colors this weekend. Here’s the scoop!

As Home and Garden expert John Marra described on his Thursday call in segment on WSAZ at noon and MY Z at 12:30, the 70 degree warmth has delayed the inevitable browning and falling of some leaves. “If your burning bush is in the direct sunlight, it is a brilliant red this weekend!”

So for a second straight year, parade goers in Ceredo-Kenova and St. Albans will have their cameras out snapping keepsakes of parade units and fall colors as we celebrate the Veteran’s Day weekend. I will be in St. Albans for the 10 AM jaunt thru town, while Dave Benton will march in the C-K parade.

Coincidentally, the leaves will be colorful for a second straight year for the weekend before Vets Day. Recall how last fall was even warmer than and just as dry as this fall until late October rains arrived.

While neither of these 2 years can be credited to global warming, I have stated before and reaffirm that on a globally warmed planet the fall foliage season will be skewed later toward November in the decades ahead. It is for this reason that I contend that by mid 21st century, the New River Train rides will miss peak color (as they did last year) unless the schedule is altered to the 2 weekends that straddle Halloween.

For this weekend, the once yellow poplar leaves are brown and coming down, and the dogwood have lost their burgundy coats. Now though the sugar maple are turning orange, the oaks are going red and gold and oh those burning bushes are aflame!

I visited Lake Vesuvius, one of my favorite fall foliage hot spots, this week and marveled at the late season beauty still around. My First at Five report today highlights my trip. If you miss it, you will get another chance on Newschannel 3 Saturday morning.

I will add some pictures after dinner for your viewing pleasure.
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