Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

Iceland City Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

NPR reports

On Wednesday evening, the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, turned off street lights and encouraged people to darken their homes so that everyone could watch the northern lights.

The city council released a statement saying street lights would be turned off in multiple sections of the city between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time and warning people to drive carefully.

Read story and see photo of Northern Lights at Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights : The Two-Way : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

San Juan National Forest 9/29/16

San Juan National Forest  reports

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 40%
Molas Pass – 55%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 85%
Pagosa – 65%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 75%
Mancos/La Platas – 75%
San Juan Skyway- 75% 

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas: San Juan Skyway from Dolores north to Telluride, Ridgeway, Ouray and Silverton. The aspen above Pagosa.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period: This weekend after the rain moves out.  Sunday may  be the best day for a while.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips: Saturday and Sunday may be nice for a drive.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color: Oak Brush, then Aspen, then Cottonwoods.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact: San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

Alaska Fall Color

See Alaskan Fall Color photos at  Fall in the Brooks Range – Photo Blog – Niebrugge Images

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

Colorado Fall Color Reports

I just became aware of a new Colorado Fall Color resource. It is a Facebook page where people post reports and photos. It is

 

A few of the current reports are posted below. Go to the site for more reports and photos.

  • Lake City is past peak for the most part. Trees around Slumgullion Pass were mostly bare, and Highway 149 between the Pass and Creede was barren at high elevation …… The best spot in the area was the Lake San Cristobal overlook which had okay color but wasn’t as good as from 2 years ago.
  • Hwy 67 at the Y to Cripple Creek or Victor. 9/28/16. Still some nice colors. Pretty patches of bright orange here and there.
  • Victor and Cripple Creek area 9-28-16. Lots of beautiful color. Some trees are past peak, some have color but look dry, some are still green and a lot are magnificent
  • Looking good up in Cripple Creek today, 9/28!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 9/29/16

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Illinois

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Midewin is ablaze with carpets of goldenrod and complementary prairie asters. Native autumn blooms are in full color and will continue for the next few weeks. Bright, cheerful yellow abounds in the blooms of Riddell’s Goldenrod and in the hearty little centers of lavender-leafed New England Aster. Softer Bottle Gentain sprinkles in hues of lavender and periwinkle blue.

“These are the flowers of fall here at Midewin, and their colors complement each other very nicely,” said Midewin Ecologist Bill Glass. “While we still have a few weeks before the leaves on the trees reach peak color, now is the time to catch these native Illinois autumnal blooms. They are part of what makes fall such a special time here at Midewin. You’re bound to see plenty of color right off the trails near the Welcome Center and the Iron Bridge Trail.”

Following are some details about these prairie flowers and where to find them:

  • New England Aster prefers moist, rich soils of the prairie. New England Aster usually starts blooming now and into late October. New England Aster and other asters can be quite plentiful and cover large portions of the prairie with bright colors.
  • Bottle Gentain grows in areas of full or partial sun, and in moist, rich soil. Bottle Gentain has a shorter season than other autumn blooms. It typically blooms into early October. Bottle gentian is a short plant and not as common as the asters. It may take a little searching to find but the reward is worth the effort.
  • Look for Riddell’s Goldenrod on low moist ground in the prairie. Riddell’s Goldenrod, along with other goldenrods, are abundant this time of year. Riddell’s Goldenrod lights up the prairie in September and October and contrasts nicely with the blue asters

 

Indiana

Hoosier National Forest

Trees in the Hoosier are a ‘haze’ of yellow; you can tell fall colors are coming! Currently the lovely blossoms of wildflowers are providing the most beautiful colors. White snakeroot, asters, Joe-pye weed and golden rod are dancing around the roadsides and fields creating an explosion of color. Pumpkins and gourds show off in the fields, as well as in farm stands along the highways and byways. The weather is to be perfect – sunny and 75 during the days and low 50’s at night.  Sounds like a great time for a campout!

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

New England Fall Foliage 9/29/16

The New England Today fall color map’s view of live foliage reports from across New England shows all New England foliage has started to turn.  Most areas are early and pre-peak. The high elevation areas such the White Mountains are showing moderate color. See map at Live Fall Foliage Map for most up to date reports. You can click on each county to see reports and photos.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

Bishop Creek Fall Color 9/26/16

California Fall Color reports

West of Bishop, Calif., Bishop Creek Canyon rises above treeline. Autumn color is peaking there now above 9,000′. Here’s a short video from of what they’re now seeing up Bishop Creek Canyon California Fall Color » Blog Archive » Bishop’s Canyon Glows

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 29, 2016

San Joaquin Valley Well Drilling Hits Record Levels

The Sacramento Bee reported that

Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt. Farmers drilled about 2,500 wells last year, the highest number on record. That was five times the annual average for the previous 30 years. Farmers say they have no choice, given cuts in surface water deliveries.

Read full story at  Farmers say, ‘No apologies,’ as well drilling hits record levels in San Joaquin Valley | The Sacramento Bee

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2016

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 9/28/16

 Coconino National Forest  reports

By October each year, colors are usually in full splendor on the Coconino National Forest. Many of the trees in the higher elevations near Flagstaff reach their prime in early October, but the views are still beautiful throughout the season. The maples on the Mogollon Rim District are worth the visit, and the deciduous trees in Oak Creek Canyon and the Sedona area are spectacular. Watch for the latest fall color photos on our Fall Colors album on Flickr and updates @CoconinoNF on Twitter.

The best bet for good fall color viewing opportunities over the next week is on Mount Elden near Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Ranger Distict Fall Color Update: September 28, 2016

The fall color season for the Flagstaff is just beginning in the higher elevations around Mt. Elden and the San Francisco Peaks. There are just a few spots of strong color in Lockett Meadow, Inner Basin, and around the north side of the Peaks in the area of Bear Jaw, Reese, and Abineau canyons. There is nearly no color around Hart Prairie, Snowbowl, and the western slopes of the Peaks.

Monday morning observations of Mount Elden show that color at the top is beginning to fade as color moves downslope. Great views along Elden Lookout Road and the slopes below the lookout tower. The eastern ridgeline is colorful along Sunset Trail, as is the northwestern slopes visible from Elden Lookout Road. Color progress is approximately a week earlier than last year. Recommended trails for viewing fall color on Mount Elden:

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2016

N. Carolina Fall Foliage Color 9/28/16

Asheville NC Fall Foliage Color 2016 reports on September 28, 2016

Report: What a gorgeous drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway this morning with Carolina blue skies. We found the first fall color in the Grandfather Mountain area. Beacon Heights(pic) already has plenty of color on its rock summit. Nearby Rough Ridge has some early color also – but still a week from peak. But most of the leaves are still very green. The color seems to be running a little later than usual due to the very warm September. But cooler nights this weekend should speed up the color change. Spectacular fall weather ahead!

Forecast: The number one question is: “When is the peak color?” No matter when you plan an autumn visit in October or early November, you can take a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or other mountain roads to find the best color of fall leaves. Elevation and weather are the biggest factors in the color show. Leaves begin their color change on the highest peaks and gradually work down to the lowest elevations. An early frost speeds up the show and warm weather prolongs it.

See photo at Fall Foliage Forecast 2016, Asheville & NC Mountains

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2016

Eastern Sierra Fall Color 9/28/16

Michael Frye reported

Claudia and I are over on the eastern side of the Sierra checking out the early fall color. The high-elevation aspens typically start turning over here in late September, and they’re right on schedule, or maybe even a little early compared to some years. We drove up Bishop Creek Canyon yesterday, and found lots of color near the 9,000-foot level around Lake Sabrina and North Lake. I’d say these areas are near peak already, with a few bare trees, and some green, but probably 70 to 80 percent of the aspens turning.

Although we haven’t been there yet, I would expect to find similar conditions along the road below South Lake, and in the upper reaches of Rock Creek Canyon. We saw some color at Warren Canyon (around the 9,000-foot level as you go down the east side of Tioga Pass), and spotted some yellow in the higher aspen groves of Parker Bench as we drove by, but those areas have a way to go.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2016

Fall Color Peaking High in Mono County 

California Fall Color reports

Virginia Lakes, Dunderberg Meadow Road, Lobdell Lake, and Rock Creek as being at full peak and urges, “Go Now!”

Other locations worthy of viewing this week include Sonora Pass, Green Green, and the higher elevations of Tioga Pass.

Hikers should focus their energy on the Parker Lake (Hike of the Week), Walker Lake, Laurel Canyon, Green Lake, and Rock Creek trailheads. For fabulous fly fishing, head to Little Walker Lake.

Areas like Lundy Canyon, Convict Lake, and the June Lake Loop are just starting to show color and will be ready soon.

Lobdell Lake (9,200′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Colors are absolutely stunning along the road to Lobdell Lake off Burcham Flat Road. 

Virginia Lakes (9,770′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Colors are at full peak along Virginia Lakes Road and around Virginia Lakes. Take the Dunderberg Meadow Road towards Green Creek for wonderful red groves in Cinnamon Meadow. Swing by the Virginia Lakes Resort for breakfast or lunch before they close on October 11th.

Upper Rock Creek (10,300′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – These high elevation areas are exploding with brilliant yellows and a few oranges. Swing by Rock Creek Lake Resort  for breakfast or lunch after you enjoy the colorful drive.

Sonora Pass (9,623′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – A mix of colors depending on elevation and location. A full peak near the top of Sonora Pass while still very patchy around Leavitt Meadows.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2016

New York Fall Color 9/28/16

New York Fall Foliage reports

Beautiful fall colors approaching near peak are expected in some areas of the Adirondacks this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I Love New York program, while color change in most other areas of the state continues to progress slowly.

In the Adirondacks, spotters reporting from Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab in Franklin County expect midpoint to near peak conditions with 45-50 percent leaf change. There is a subtle brilliance to the leaves here and a rosy, golden glow marks the landscape with the leaves gently transitioning to a plush and impressive kaleidoscope of cranberry, burgundy, lemon, goldenrod, ginger, tangerine, and crimson gradually overtaking the green lush of summer.

In Essex County, spotters reporting from Lake Placid predict that trees will reach midpoint to near peak in some areas by this weekend. Some hillsides have vast amounts of relatively brilliant color with shades of orange, yellow and crimson. Other hillsides have very little color change.  Opportunities for spectacular foliage photos should continue into the next couple of weeks, barring any heavy wind storms.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2016

San Juan National Forest 9/28/16

San Juan National Forest  reports

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 30%
Molas Pass – 55%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 85%
Pagosa – 40%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 75%
Mancos/La Platas – 75%
San Juan Skyway- 75% 

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas: San Juan Skyway from Dolores north to Telluride, Ridgeway, Ouray and Silverton

Estimated Peak Viewing Period: This week for the Skyway, Purgatory and Pagosa a bit later.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips: Drive the Skyway before the weather arrives Thursday.  Saturday and Sunday may be nice for a drive.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color: Oak Brush, then Aspen, then Cottonwoods.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact: San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2016

Mostly Natives Nursery Closing

One of my favorite nurseries, Mostly Natives Nursery in Tomales, CA is closing the end of October. They will be holding a final fall sale starting Saturday, October 1st, and ending on Sunday, October 30th, the last day of business. You can go to the website for more information on plants for sale,days and hours and directions at http://mostlynatives.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=88c9a388ffe5f02421c157a7e&id=f6931f4ca4&e=98bc04d44b


 

 

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2016

Lassen National Park Fall Color 9/27/16

California Fall Color reports

Hat Creek meadow, where grasses and willows carpet it with “beautiful rusty orange, gold and yellow foliage.”

Meadow grasses provide an early show that doesn’t last long. Shanda believes the display at Hat Creek will wane, as leaves turn with approaching colder temperatures.

At Manzanita Lake, near the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic, lime-colored willow, alder and cottonwood ring the lake.

Hat Creek Meadow, Lassen Volcanic National Park (6,500′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park (5,900′) – Just Starting (0-10%)

 

See photos at  First Report: Hat Creek Meadow Peaks

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2016

Fall Colors in Mono County 9/27/16

Fall Colors in Mono County – Mono County Tourism and Film Commission report below. See photos at California’s Eastern Sierra

Fall Colors are exploding in the higher elevation locations around Mono County. Plan your fall color trip to the Eastern Sierra within the next three weeks! While the majority of areas around U.S. 395 are still mostly green, patiently waiting their turn, other areas like Virginia Lakes, Dunderberg Meadow, Lobdell Lake and Rock Creek are at full peak! Other locations worthy of viewing this week include Sonora Pass, Green Creek, Parker Lake, Little Walker Lake, and the higher elevations of Tioga Pass.  Hikers should focus their energy on the Parker Lake, Little Walker Lake, Laurel Canyon, Green Lake, and Rock Creek trailheads.

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ

Monitor Pass – 10-50%
Lobdell Lake 75-100% GO NOW! Colors are absolutely stunning along the road to Lobdell Lake off Burcham Flat Road.
Walker Canyon – 0-10%
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 0%
Sonora Pass – 50-75% Go Now – A mix of colors depending on elevation and location. A full peak near the top of Sonora Pass while still very patchy around Leavitt Meadows.

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES

Twin Lakes –  0-10%
Virginia Lakes – 75-100% GO NOW! Colors are at full peak along Virginia Lakes Road and around Virginia Lakes. Take the Dunderberg Meadow Road towards Green Creek for wonderful red groves in Cinnamon Meadow. Swing by the Virginia Lakes Resort for breakfast or lunch before they close on October 11th.
Conway Summit – 10-50%
Green Creek – 50-75% Go Now! The hike to Green Lake is at full peak while colors around the campground and along Green Creek Road are patchy.
Summers Meadow – 10-50%

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2016

Arizona and New Mexico National Forests Fall color 9/28/15

Arizona and New Mexico National Forests have the following fall color updates as of September 28, 2016

   Arizona

Fall Colors:  Logo 5

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests between now and the end of October to view the vibrant fall colors.  Follow us on Twitter and our Facebook page for updates!
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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2016

Rio Grande National Forest Fall Color 9/24/16

Rio Grande National Forest reports

There will always be pockets of beautiful fall color to be found in the mountains and foothills that surround the San Luis Valley and along the Rio Grande and Conejos Rivers.  Generally, the aspen begin to change up river of Wagon Wheel Gap about a week before the mountains that surround the San Luis Valley.  And the aspen in Chama Basin will often turn a week later than those around the valley.

Aspen aren’t the only colorful show in the autumn.  Rust colored Gambel oak mix in with the lower elevation aspen in the northern part of the San Luis Valley, while all the foothills include a plethora of multi-hued shrubs.  Additionally, the leaves of many of the summer wildflowers will turn a variety of colors ranging from dull maroon to vibrant yellows and oranges.  In other words, if you don’t get stuck on looking just for aspen, you can find spectacular fall color no matter where you go in the foothills and mountains of the upper Rio Grande.

Fall Color Updates & Photo Albums – Falls colors in the higher elevations will begin to show their beauty around the third weekend of September.

Conejos Peak District      2015 Photos  2016 photos   September 24 – Color change in the Platoro area and north is about 70%. Conejos Canyon change of the colors range from 40 to 45% turned.

Divide District                  2014 photos   2015 photos  2016 photos    September 21 – Color change is about 90 % in the Creede area 60% in the lower elevations. This coming weekend should be peak for driving the byways.

Saguache District             2014 photos  2015 photos  2016 photos    September 21 – Color change is about 10% in the Poncha Pass area and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

 

Region 2 fall color information

There are a lot of beautiful autumn drives in the upper Rio Grande; here are just a few:

  The Silver Thread Scenic Byway. The diversity of shrubs in the canyon between South Fork and Creede turn a rainbow of colors. The aspen and cottonwood in the canyon tend to turn a little later than the aspen between Creede and Lake City.

 Middle Creek Road and Love Lake. Middle Creek Road takes off from Highway 149 just before Marshal Park Campground and is accessible to sedans up to Love Lake. A high clearance vehicle is needed to drive past Love Lake. Peak fall colors at Love Lake are so bright they hurt your eyes. Excellent reflection shots to be had on calm days.

National Forest Service Road 250. This trip can be turned into a loop by coming back on pavement. NFSR 250 runs through both Alamosa and Conejos Canyons with Stunner Pass between them. Colorful aspen, willows, cottonwoods and a variety of dry hillside shrubs in the lower section of Alamosa Canyon. Moderate clearance vehicle, such as a crossover, is recommended for this route.

County Road 41G. This trip can also be turned into a loop. CR 41G follows Carnero and Houselog Creeks and tops out at Carnero Pass. Aspen, willows and low elevation shrubs provide many photo opportunities. This beautiful drive connects with Highway 114, which is also a gem. Okay for sedans if you’re careful.

These are just a few of the many spectacular autumn drives in our area, there are many more including the always majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2016

Mono County Fall Color 9/26/16

The Mono County Tourism has been publishing fall foliage photos on their Facebook page at Mono County Tourism – California’s Eastern Sierra

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2016

Yosemite Plan Reduce Wildlife Road Kills

The San Francisco Chronicle reports

The traffic strategies implemented the past three weeks in Yosemite National Park are likely to reduce wildlife kills on park roads, it appeared this past weekend.

A conversion that allows two-way traffic on what were two-lane, one-way valley roads, traffic has been slowed to the 25-mph limit (or slower) in both directions. It is now impossible for fast drivers to use two lanes going the same direction to weave around slower traffic.

Last year, vehicles hit 37 bears on the park’s roads, said Catlin Lee-Roney, a wildlife specialist at the park. This summer, 20 were hit, she said.

Read full story at Yosemite tames drivers; animals rejoice – San Francisco Chronicle

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

Sonoma Valley Regional Park Fall Color 9/25/16

California Fall Color repots on Sonoma Valley Regional Park

found valley and black oaks, bigleaf maple and white ash about 40% there.

Oak woodlands are often difficult to categorize, because oak leaves turn and fall over so lengthy a period.

Sonoma Valley Regional Park (253′) – Patchy (10-50%)

See photos at Sonoma Valley Oak Woodlands Brighten

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

Alpine County Fall Color 9/26/16

California Fall Color reports

The most famous of Alpine County’s fall color viewing areas is the Hope Valley (intersected by CA-88, Carson Pass). There, large stands of aspen line streams, a long, scenic meadow and high mountain rangeland.

Hope Valley, Alpine County (7,300′) – Patchy (10-50%)

See photos and information at Alpine Aspen Festival 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

San Juan National Forest 9/26/16

San Juan National Forest  reports

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango to Purgatory – 30%
Molas Pass – 55%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 85%
Pagosa – 30%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 70%
Mancos/La Platas – 75%
San Juan Skyway- 75% 

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas: San Juan Skyway from Dolores north to Telluride, Ridgeway, Ouray and Silverton

Estimated Peak Viewing Period: This week for the Skyway, Purgatory and Pagosa a bit later.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips: Drive the Skyway before the weather gets rough again.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color: Oak Brush, then Aspen, then Cottonwoods.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact: San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

Coconino National Forest Fall Color 9/26/16

 Coconino National Forest  reports

Flagstaff Ranger Distict Fall Color Update: September 26, 2016

The fall color season for the Flagstaff is just beginning in the higher elevations around Mt. Elden and the San Francisco Peaks. There are just a few spots of strong color in Lockett Meadow, Inner Basin, and around the north side of the Peaks in the area of Bear Jaw, Reese, and Abineau canyons. There is nearly no color around Hart Prairie, Snowbowl, and the western slopes of the Peaks.

Monday morning observations of Mount Elden show that color at the top is beginning to fade as color moves downslope. Great views along Elden Lookout Road and the slopes below the lookout tower. The eastern ridgeline is colorful along Sunset Trail, as is the northwestern slopes visible from Elden Lookout Road. Color progress is approximately a week earlier than last year. Recommended trails for viewing fall color on Mount Elden:

Lockett Meadow, the Inner Basin and the north side of the San Francisco Peaks are also turning. Some trees are approaching peak color (especially in the Inner Basin near the pumphouse) while others are still green. Recommended trails, routes, and areas for viewing fall color on the San Francisco Peaks:

  • Inner Basin Trail moderately strenuous hike into the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks. High clearance vehicle is recommended on Lockett Meadow Road. Some patches are at peak color with others still turning gold.
  • Lockett Meadow campground and day use area in a meadow in the interior of the San Francisco Peaks with access to Inner Basin Trail. High clearance vehicle is recommended on Lockett Meadow Road. Color is just getting started. Traffic controls will be in place the first two weekends of October going up to Lockett Meadow.
  • Abineau-Bear Jaw Trails Loop strenuous hike on the north side of the San Francisco Peaks. A lot of patches of peak color along Waterline, with colors nearing peak at upper elevations of Bear Jaw Canyon and along the Waterline. Lower elevations of the loop are mostly green with patches of color.
  • Around the Peaks Loop scenic driving loop around the north side of the San Franciso Peaks. High clearance vehicle required to complete the loop due to the rough and rocky nature of the road. Good fall color viewing can be found on the smoother parts of the route accessible to low clearance vehicles at the eastern and western ends of FR 418.

 

The higher elevations of the San Francisco Peaks trails will be much chillier than Flagstaff. Be prepared for temperatures 10°F to 20°F cooler than Flagstaff. Dress in layers and carry at least two quarts of water for a half day hike. Watch the National Weather Service forecast closely. The weather forecast may change unexpectedly:

Mogollon Rim Ranger District Fall Color Update: September 22, 2016

The Mogollon Rim reports maples are turning in the Dick Hart Ridge and Dane Ridge area within a few miles of the Rim Road (FR 300). This should be a beautiful weekend to go out to explore the area, as many of the trees will be approaching their peak. The maples can be spotted in the draws from the ridge roads (FR 139 and FR 321), and hikes into the draws at the southern ends of the Cabin Loop trails should be rewarding.

 

Watch the National Weather Service forecast closely. The weather forecast may change unexpectedly:

 

Keep an eye on this page and @CoconinoNF on Twitter for updates through the fall season.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

Success of California Climate Change Law 

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the success of the California Climate Change law over the last ten years. Here are a few excerpts

More than 27 percent of California’s demand for electricity at this moment is being met by renewable sources — primarily the sun, the wind and the Earth’s own heat.

Just a few short years ago, that would have been considered astonishing. Now it happens on a regular basis. Next summer, the percentage will be even higher. State law requires that California get 33 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020 and 50 percent 10 years later.

“It’s remarkable what we can do,” says Eric Schmitt, vice president of operations for the California Independent System Operator, as engineers immersed in the control room’s data screens monitor grid conditions. “Think about it — we’re sitting here right now, and there’s 7,000-plus megawatts of solar on our system. That’s eight nuclear reactors’ worth of electricity on our system — just from solar.”

Read full article at

Climate change law has reshaped California in 10 years – San Francisco Chronicle

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

New England Fall Foliage 9/26/16

The New England Today fall color map’s view of live foliage reports from across New England cshows almost all New England foliage has started to turn.  Most areas are early and pre-peak. See map at Live Fall Foliage Map for most up to date reports. You can click on each county to see reports and photos.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

Appalachian Fall Color 9/25/16

Appalachian State University reports

t’s been hot (like 10 degrees above normal hot) for the past week and we’ve had essentially no rainfall (just a mist on three days). You can check out the history of Boone weather over the past few months here:https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/Boone+NC+28607:4:US. We have had only 0.07” of rain since the first of September and the last rainfall of any substance was only 0.38” on August 21st. It is DRY here and the drought monitoring system now has us in a moderate drought category:http://www.ncdrought.org/hires.php while the southern portion of the mountains is in even more severe drought conditions.

These weather conditions tend to slow down and delay the onset of fall leaf colors, and when I compare this week to last week, I don’t see much of a change. There is more color development among the ornamental red maples in Boone, and a few red maples and sourwoods are turning in the woods, but aside from those, and a few sassafras, it is still very green up here.

Read more at Appalachian Fall Color

See photos at  https://drive.google.com/…/fol…/0BxpSVO5IUz-EU1lNUHVzZEdtMDA

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

Superior National Forest Fall Color 9/26/16

Superior National Forest has a new fall color report for 9/26/16

Fall sped up considerably over the past few days.  We have advanced from 10% to somewhere between 25% and 40% across the Forest, with some areas reporting 75%.  The North Shore of Lake Superior is still as low as 25%, with the higher percentages in the inland areas.  Rain and wind over the weekend brought some leaves down, but plenty are still up – it should be a great week ahead for fall.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2016

US Military Stresses Climate Security Risks

The Climate Change Network reports

A group of senior defence experts in the US has warned that climate change is a threat to the country’s security, with the stark message that “the impacts of climate change present significant and direct risks to US military readiness, operations and strategy”.

They say stresses resulting from climate change can increase the likelihood of conflict within and between countries, state failure, mass migration, and the creation of additional ungoverned spaces.

Read their full article on the subject at US Military Stresses Climate Security Risks

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