Connecticut Leaf Forecast: Wet summer can make for a wonderful leaf season

According to one of Connecticut’s top forest experts, this year’s wetlands should contribute to a wonderful fall foliage from the normal summer.

Geoffrey S. Ward, chief forestry and horticultural scientist for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment, said gypsy moths were found in some pockets in the spring, but the spread of leaf diseases during the spring and summer storms was maintained. Roots and made them healthy and strong.

“It rains a lot, it rains a lot. As you drive around, you will see many deep, dark green colors and that is great. If the trees are healthy, they are more likely to fall off, ”said Ward. “I think this year will be one of those great years.

Gary Lissor, a senior meteorologist at the University of Western Connecticut State Climate Center, said the average temperature in the spring was 50.6 degrees Celsius, 1.5 degrees above normal. Rainfall was 11.09 inches, 0.39 inches below normal, 1.17 inches below ground.

During the summer, the average temperature was 73.3, 1.4 degrees Celsius, according to Laser. Summer rain was 21.69 inches, 9.03 inches above the normal 12.66. After 1955 and 2013, it was the third wet summer on record.

He said those deep, flooded rains had already begun to disrupt chlorophyll by turning the leaves in a few trees. “Some of the trees near the swamps and swamps are moving a little earlier, because the soil is filled with water, which worries those trees more than usual,” he said.

The traditional leaf season is still in full swing in October.

According to the state’s Energy and Environment website, the northern Lichfield and Windham counties will reach their peak from October 3 to 8. Weeks October 9-15.

The North Lichfield and Windham counties will have the highest from October 16 to 23, with all the Hartford and Tolland counties, as well as the northern counties of New Haven, New London and Fairfield.

From October 24 to 30, the Midwest, New Haven, and Fairfield counties will join the state at a higher or higher point, with the exception of small beaches east of New Haven and west of Brightport, which will be the highest from the week of November 7 to 14. By mid-November, the entire state must reach its peak.

When the leaves turn red, heavy rains can add color to the paint in weeks, Ward said.

“Red is soluble in water. Heavy rain washes away the colors. ”

Ward said they expect the long-running cholera epidemic to be a minor impediment to widespread tourism.

“People come from all over the world every year to see the colors. For many years, try to find a hotel room in October. There will be no more international tourism this year, so we will have more colors for ourselves. ”

Christine Castongui, interim director of the Connecticut Tourism Office, also noted the decline in foreign tourism during the epidemic. “We are not expecting an international trip this year as usual,” he said.

Castongui says there are no seasonal crashes, but in the current year tourism represents $ 15.5 billion and $ 2.2 billion in tax revenue.

The Castonguay office hopes to fill the streets, restaurants and hotels anyway with a focus on local tourists. She is looking forward to it and high doses of Connecticut will help attract tourists to the state.

On Friday, the Tourism Office announced the collapse of the tourism marketing campaign as a “full color connection.” The $ 1.4 million campaign is often more than three times the cost of attracting leaves to the state and extends as far south as Philadelphia. Typically, marketing pressure extends to Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“Getting out of the summer was a bit of a challenge,” says Castonguay. Connecticut tourism and hospitality were at the forefront of the epidemic. We want to help support and rehabilitate these businesses. ”

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