Sunday, September 03, 2023

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. 

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.
The Swiss Tourism website has also released a Foliage Map, which shows you when and where Swiss trees will be at their most colorful. The Swiss interactive map of foliage colors includes a slide control which allows you to adjust the date shown on the map. 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. This year the Swiss Tourism Board's Foliage Map includes markers for over 250 high resolution 360 degree webcams which actually allow you to view Switzerland's fall colors for yourself, even if you live on the other side of the world. 

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 near real-time map of Autumn colors in Finland (updated weekly).

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 Huron-Manistee National Forests Fall Color Map allows you to track the changing of color in the Huron-Manistee National Forests in Michigan. The map also includes photographs of the fall foliage captured by forest employees starting September 1 through October 31, 2023.

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