It might be a wait for those looking forward to the fall colors

It might be a wait for those looking forward to the fall colors

February 7, 20241 min read

With summer coming to an end and autumn just around the corner, for people hoping to bathe in the reds, oranges and yellows of the fall leaves - a little patience might be required.

Recently, ABC 13 News checked in with Western Carolina's resident ecology expert for some insight on when the colors will finally emerge.

As September arrives, many may be wondering what the mountains' fall color season will look like this year.

Retired Western Carolina University biology professor Beverly Collins, who has made those predictions for years, foresees a good year, but one also impacted by warmer temperatures.

“I don't think we'll have the magnificent color season we had last year because it's been warmer this summer and the projected forecast is for it to be above normal,” Collins said.

She said vibrant color depends on sunny days and cool nights.

But September weather will be key, Collins said.

If it remains warm for a long time, peak color could arrive later than traditional timeframes.

But Collins said she remains optimistic for no hurricanes, a good cool down period and a good color season.

If you're covering the changing season or have questions about ecology, biology or plants - then let us help.

Beverley Collins is available to speak with media - simply click on her icon now to arrange and interview today.

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  • Beverly Collins
    Beverly Collins Professor Emeritus

    Beverly Collins' research interests include vegetation ecology, especially mechanisms that drive structure & dynamics of plant communities.

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