"A wet spring and early summer followed by dry late summer and early fall are ideal for nature to paint a beautiful fall landscape," said David Stooksbury, University of Georgia state climatologist. "Early cool weather in October will add more accent to nature's pallet."
Historically the peak leaf color is reached between the 15th and 25th of October in the Georgia mountains. In the state's piedmont area, the peak color is usually reached between the 20th and 31st of October.
With cold fronts from Canada and the associated wind expected to be more numerous this October, the date of peak color may be a little early this year because leaves are being blown off trees, Stooksbury said.
(David Emory Stooksbury is associate professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)