Autumn foliage color muted this year due to severe drought

Autumn foliage color muted this year due to severe drought

The fall color this year has been muted by the exceptional drought that has gripped much of the state. I went searching for autumn color over the past several days. Here is what I found.

Most of north Alabama is listed as either severe or exceptional drought. In fact, Birmingham set a record yesterday for consecutive days without rainfall. Birmingham is now 54 days without a drop of rain.

I did find some color at Little River Canyon, DeSoto State Park and around the Town Creek area near Lake Guntersville State Park. One of the nicest drives was on Grants Mill Road between Lake Purdy and I-459.

Oak Mountain had some nice color near the lake this past weekend. State Park ranger told me last month they felt the leaves would change early this year. But most of the foliage color I saw was in the last days of October through now.

There is still some color in isolated pockets if you want to get out this weekend. The weather should cooperate.

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Published at Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:35:57 +0000