We are at the third weekend of October already, and things are still considered “changing” at most state parks still.
If you recall, normally, we should see peak conditions in the north in the 1st two weeks of the month. Peak conditions should be occurring in the central part of the state. And the peak in the south should be occurring within the next week or so.
This year because of our weather in September and early October we are running still about two weeks behind. It appears that the forecast for this year looks on track.
The good news is our weather pattern really should work in our favor to see some major color changes over the next week. We will have very cool nights, with (mostly) drier, and sunnier days. The exception will be on Friday night & Saturday when we could see some clouds and showers.
Otherwise the abundance of sunshine will help the golds, oranges, and reds to come out over the next week, and we should have “near peak” to “peak” conditions at most parks.
If you are heading out to our state parks, here is what to expect:
I always encourage everyone to get out the parks, because there is no admission fee to get in, and because they are beautiful.
As always, the reports from ODNR are in alphabetical order below:
Not much changes from last week… as almost all parks are still considered “changing”.
East fork one of the few spots still considered “green” as of this week.
About 5 spots in the state this week are not considered in the “changing” category.
No matter which part of the state you are in or traveling to, changes are all around us.
Still some spots are more late summer like looking, like Paint Creek State Park.
A couple spots northeast, and to the south are near peak this weekend. Hopefully we will have a couple of peak spots by next weekend.
Don’t forget to bundle up again this weekend if you go out, the ground will most likely be wet in spots due to rain showers Friday night/Saturday. The low sun angles not drying the ground well too so look out for soft spots. 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