Happy 2nd weekend of November!
Lets be honest, most of us are not going out at least for the 1st half of the weekend braving the coldest afternoon temps since the 1st full day of Spring with gusty winds.
But, if you have a great winter coat, a nice hat, gloves, and are brave, there were a few spots this week that still was showing peak conditions and colors.
Below are the final listings for the state parks from ODNR. These reports are given each week on Wednesday, and since Wednesday we have had some pretty terrible weather for keeping fragile leaves on trees in early November.
The windy weather, rain showers, snow showers, hard frosts and freezes will do a quick number on the trees, and even parks with peak conditions will see the leaves fall fast.
There are a few spots that were at peak this week, but they have had wind gusts into the 40s with snow showers Friday night.
Most spots if you are getting out this weekend should be bare, but the ground cover will be pretty, and Sunday could be a good day for a hike in one of our amazing parks.
The parks that did show peak this week were generally in the west/southwest part of the state.
Mohican has the advantage of the valley that many of the trees are in, and sometimes seems to keep the leaves and the colors a bit longer.
If you are heading out this weekend and happen to find a couple of beautiful shots, please send me a pic of you get them. You can email me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be the last fall color report for the season. It was a late start and a long drawn out season for slow color changes, and then a quick change to peak as the month of October went from record heat to quite cool and wet.
Hopefully Spring will get here early and we can start up all over again with another beautiful season… as long as we don’t get a late freeze/frost to burn the blooms!