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Autumn in the United States

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« on: November 13, 2011, 12:05:35 am »

This pattern creates a colorful wave that begins in the North and rolls like a tide southward through North America—though temperature differences at higher elevations mean some southern mountains keep schedules that are more like their northern neighbors'.

(Soil moisture, temperature—and a few mysterious factors—are also involved in fall foliage. Read "Why Do Fall Leaves Change Color?")

Where the Leaves Are

Historical data suggest an early November foliage peak across a belt of the southeastern U.S., stretching from Arkansas through Georgia to the western Carolinas. Mitch Cohen, interpretative manager at Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, said that's holding true this year, and there's still good fall color at the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain.

"The color at higher elevations has peaked, but we've been having very good color at the mid-elevations," Cohen said. "This week the lower elevations here on the southern edge of the mountains are really going to be at peak."

(Quiz: Do You Know the U.S. South?)
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