This Amazing Fall Foliage Map Predicts Peak Color for the Entire Country
SmokyMountains.com has released an interactive map for all your leaf-seeking needs.
We're with you. It's still summer. But it's maybe, possibly, probably time to start considering your fall plans for leaf-peeping.
To that point, SmokyMountains.com has made it easy for you with its 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map, an interactive map that reveals when and where foliage is taking place. While the website emphasizes that "no tool can be 100% accurate," the map should provide a good idea of when various regions approach peak leaf-changing. In fact, that map even offers color-coding for developments like "patchy," "partial," and "near peak" foilage so you know what to expect each week from September 7th through November 30th.
So what makes for the picturesque hues of orange, red, and yellow? Compounds in leaves (and also the trees themselves) known as Carotenoids and Anthocyanins, account for the color change as the production of Chlorophyll, the pigment which gives leaves their green color, decreases.
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Whether your autumn has you breathing in the fresh air in the Blue Ridge Mountains or cruising through Gatlinburg in the Smokies, we hope you witness plenty of burnt-orange beauty.