Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 23, 2012

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Fall Color 10/23/12

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest  has a fall color update for 10/23/12

Dogwood, sourwood, poplar, maples and sweet gum are starting to show some color, especially in the higher elevations, but over all, across the forest, fall color is still only about 15% of peak color. Much of the forest in mid to lower elevations is mostly green. With that said, the trees are ready to turn color and will over the next two weeks. So now is the time to see the fall color in north Georgia.

The long range weather forecast by the National Weather Service through October 29th  indicates a stable pattern for most of this week until Friday, as a slight chance of rain may develop Friday night and Saturday. Beyond Saturday, the forecast is less certain. Temperatures are likely to be a little on the warm side for this time of year with afternoon temperatures rising to around 70 and lows at night dipping to around 50 degrees.

While most of the Chattahoochee National Forest is showing lots of fall color, the peak color is fading at the higher elevations and on wind-blown slopes. Leaves will continue falling this week but winds are forecast to be light which will hopefully provide good color in the middle elevations and below through the week. By the weekend, the weather looks like it will change and we may see the peak color fade in the middle elevations and really peak in the lower reaches of the mountains. Expect most of the color in the mountains to be done by the end of the month. The good news is the rolling hills of the Piedmont and the Oconee National Forest should continue to have some good color for another week or so, depending on the weather.

Go to  Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest – Home to see photos and additional links.

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