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It's Official: 2017 Is Going to Be the Best Ever Year for Fall Foliage

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 4 September 2017
If you live in or are visiting New England this fall, get prepared for some dazzling foliage. #nofilter needed.

According to Yankee Magazine, a New England-based print publication that tracks fall foliage across the north-eastern states, 2017 is looking to be the best year on record for autumnal colours. Jim Salge, one of the magazine’s featured photographers, has said that all the weather patterns so far in 2017 mean that it’s going to be a pretty incredible year for leaf junkies and their Instagrams. ‘It’s the most optimistic forecast I’ve had in a couple of years.’

So what makes the perfect fall? In a nutshell, autumnal weather must include a balance of sunny days and colder nights. Add in the perfect amount of summer rainfall, and voila, you have New England scenes like these:

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Unfortunately, the region has not experienced its usual, breathtaking foliage in recent years due to droughts, unusually cold conditions (those pesky polar vortexes) and a caterpillar infestation – no bets on what happened there. (Clue: they were very, very hungry.) Let’s just hope the weather pulls itself together this fall, because Salge believes ‘there’ll be plenty of opportunity to enjoy spectacular seasonal hues.’

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If you –like us – go gaga for ‘seasonal hues’, use this predictive foliage map to find out when the leaves change colour in your neck of the woods.

Happy leaf hunting!

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