Some will say that it's the most wonderful time of the year, and honestly, I don't think there are too many people that will argue with that. It's coming up on fall foliage season in Connecticut.

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Each year, from late September until some time in late October, people travel from all over to visit the northeast, and Connecticut especially. The colors are amazing, and there's nothing like a cool Saturday afternoon in the fall, driving around and just being amazed by the vibrant colors. This year, however, the timeline of when most of the scenic foliage is at its peak may change a bit due to the excessive amount of precipitation in our area.

When does foliage usually peak in Connecticut?

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the peak for foliage watchers is usually some time around mid-to-late October. There are some northern parts of the state where the colors start to peak a little earlier in October, and in some areas of Fairfield County, peak foliage can happen as late as early November.

With all of the rain in Connecticut, when will the leaves turn in 2021?

Will Healey, the media relations manager at DEEP and told that leaves may actually be staying greener a little bit longer this fall season citing last years drought versus this years rainfall as contributing factors to when the leaves actually transform.

There are a number of factors that are in play, not just the extra wet weather, but also a spike in the average temperature. Plus trees in the western part of the state had been overtaken by gypsy moths, but with the added volume of rainfall, the department has noticed the moths did not play as big of a factor as was expected.

The 2021 official fall foliage map has not yet been released by the state as the experts continue to look at all these factors. One thing though is certain, once the cooler overnight temperatures start to happen in September, the leaves will once again start their transformation, even though the dates may shift a little this year.

Oh, by the way the DEEP also say's not to be fooled by some trees already losing some of their leaves. They consider this to be isolated incidents, and not a sign that the fall foliage season has started, it's actually more of a sign of some type of stress on the trees.

If you recall last year we has much warmer than usual conditions for the last few weeks of September. Now warm days are good for foliage, but the warm days need to be coupled with cool nights, so that's why in 2020, the foliage season was delayed. So perhaps this shift in the timing of the pretty colors is simply becoming the norm in our little corner of the world.

That said, fall foliage in Connecticut will hopefully remain as gorgeous as ever, despite when in the season it's at its peak. To prove my point, here's a gorgeous look at the changing leaves at just the right time last season, over looking Candlewood Lake:

Candlewood Lake Fall Foliage Tour

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