Thursday, September 01, 2022

Mapping the Colors of Autumn

Now that September has arrived Autumn will not be far behind. Although the Autumn Equinox is on the 23rd September this year the Smoky Mountain Fall Foliage Map shows that the most northern counties of the United States will begin to notice the colors of leaves changing as early as the beginning of this month.

Every year Smoky Mountain releases an interactive Fall Foliage Map, which plots the annual progress of when and where leaves change their colors across the United States. According to the map some northern states will already have begun to notice a change in the colors of leaves (at the moment the Smoky Mountain map still refers to 2021 but the dates should still be more or less the same - the Autumn Equinox is only one day later than last year). 

The Fall Foliage Map uses historical weather records from all 48 continental states to predict the arrival of fall at the county level across the contiguous United States. The map includes a date control which allows you to view the leaf color you can expect for any date from the beginning of September through to the end of November.
If you live in Finland or are planning to visit the country to experience its amazing Fall foliage then you can refer to Visit Finland's Autumn Foliage Live map. This map uses both historical data and weather cameras from around Finland to provide a real-time map of Autumn colors in Finland.

You can use the map's date control to discover when foliage throughout the whole county will reach its peak. Because Visit Finland is the country's official tourist website it also includes lots of information and advice for anyone wishing to travel to the country to experience the magic of Fall in Finland. 

The Swiss Tourism website has also released a Foliage Map, which shows where and when Swiss trees will be at their most colorful. This interactive map also includes a slide control which allows you to adjust the date. When you change the date the map automatically updates to show the predicted foliage colors across the country for the chosen date. The Fall colors displayed on the map are based on current climate data for drought, heat and precipitation conditions. The map also takes into account data on last year's fall foliage colors.

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