The 2nd weekend for leaf peeping is here, and this time you won’t have to do it in your flip flops and shorts. Much COLDER temps are set to approach the area, and this should help to accelerate the leaf color changes over the next week.
One thing you look for this time of the year, are sunny days, and we have had plenty of those, but with 80% of our October afternoons in the 80s, and every single night running above normal for temperatures, changes have been slow to evolve.
Fast forward to this upcoming weekend, and almost 90% of the state parks are reporting changing conditions or better heading into this weekend according to ODNR. This puts us right on track with the 2018 forecast (which is a delay of a about 9-14 days from normal peak season).
This means in the northern third of the state, many parks (except those right along the lake, Geneva State Park) should be nearing peak in the next two weeks.
Where to head for the 2nd weekend of the month to see the best changes…
Well, just about anywhere now! That is right, with most seeing changes, and it being a chilly to brisk weekend, it should be a great time to get outdoors, enjoy the smells, and get your cameras (phone cameras) ready for some beautiful colors.
Buckeye Lake is one of a few parks in the state still reporting mainly green this week.
Most spots are seeing “changing” colors, which is typical already by this time of the month.
As mentioned above, Geneva State Park is still green, and is usually a later changer in the northern part of the state, but its close lake proximity might have something to do with that.
From north to south, we have have had lots of sunshine this week, and warm afternoons, to help push along the changes.
Still occasional spots, like in the southern part of the state, are still remaining green. The concern will be this stronger cold front, and the potential for breezy to windy conditions late this week. This make knock some of the leaves off before it is changing time.
At Triangle Lake Bog in the northeast part of the state, conditions are almost there, or near peak this week!
Don’t forget to bundle up this weekend if you go out, the ground will most likely be wet in spots due to recent rain showers, and low sun angles not drying the ground well. So pack a warm sweater/jacket/coat, and maybe a clean pair of shoes if you can to change out of the muddy ones!
If you find out that there is a great spot to check out, and you want to spread the wealth of this great spot, let me know. I can spread the word and add it to the list. Where is your favorite spot?
Also, when you are out and about and snap a great photo of the colors anytime this season, I would LOVE to see them. I would also love to share them too! Use our Storm Team 4 Weather app to share, send me a message on social media (tag me @davidnbc4 on twitter/facebook/instagram), use the #nbc4wx, or email me, email@example.com