Friday, October 20, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weekly Maine Foliage Report # 6


This week's foliage report shows the entire state either at peak or past peak. I need to go boating on Saturday afternoon to catch the pond colors before leaf drop;-)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weekly Maine Foliage Report # 5


And, here is this week's foliage report!
(AUGUSTA, Maine) — The Fall Foliage Report from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports 75 to 100 percent color in zones 4, 5, 6 and 7. Central and coastal Maine (zones 1, 2 and 3) are at 50 percent color change. Low to moderate leaf drop is also reported throughout the state.
Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reaches peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.
“Now that the busy Columbus Day weekend has passed, you can take those long, leisurely drives throughout coastal and western mountains of Maine this upcoming weekend and find less hectic traffic with stunning views of the fall colors. The entire state of Maine is now ablaze with color, but with plenty of green in the oaks to create a beautiful contrast,” according to Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Road Trip to New Hampshire and Vermont

So, I am finally going on a road trip to Burlington, Vermont (with some friends) on Sunday. We are coming home on Monday, via the Kancamagus Highway, in New Hampshire. And, wouldn't you know it, we are going to get the first heavy rain we've had in months! We'll be on this curvy, mountain road for miles and miles in heavy downpour. It just doesn't seem fair!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Weekly Maine Foliage Report # 4

Note that this map is identical to last week's. There is a first time for everything!
Color progression is slowing down due to the warm, dry weather we've been having. Here is what the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has to say about it:
Northern Maine Nearing Peak Conditions Columbus Day WeekendAugusta, ME (October 4, 2017) - The Fall Foliage Report from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports 70 percent color for the upcoming Columbus Day weekend in northern Maine, while the remainder of the state is at 40 to 50 percent color change. A low leaf drop is also reported throughout the state.
Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reaches peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.
“I’m going out on a limb here and say that because of the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, it appears the progression of color is trailing about a week behind. Ideal conditions call for shorter, warm days, followed by longer, cool nights to move the colors along,” according to Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson. “This all translates into good news for our mid-to-late October leaf peepers,” noted Ross.
The department also mentioned one of our favorite drives up around Rangeley:
Travel on the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway following Routes 17 and for 4 views of the lakes and mountains region. This 52-mile drive wraps around Rangeley Lake and follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains before dropping into rolling hills and valleys. Be sure to stop at the Height of Land, a scenic lookout on Route 17 featuring views of Mooselookmeguntic and Upper Richardson lakes, Toothaker Island and the mountains for incredible views and a great photo opportunity. For lunch, pack a picnic and take the short hike off Route 4 for scenic views of waterfalls, a colorful gorge, and swimming holes. For outdoor lovers looking for a bit more of a hike, take on Bald Mountain, a moderate two-mile hike in Oquossoc, for 360-degree views of the region. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cold morning temp.

Brrrr.... At 7:30 am it is 36F outside! It is beginning to feel a bit like autumn (at least for today;-)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Weather Update

Now, look what the first week of October will bring us! More of the same warmer than usual weather.
'Twas a warm month for September, and it has barely felt like the beginning of Autumn. The trees and their leaf loss and slight changing of color are the only indicators that we are heading into the cooler months of the year!

The monthly average high temp was 74.5F, and the monthly average low temp was 52.7F. So, we are higher than average on both accounts!

The historical monthly average is High = 69F   Low = 51F.