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Old 09-15-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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Leaves are already changing and in some cases falling off the trees in my part of the northern suburbs. This is probably 3 weeks before normal. I assume it's the drought. Maybe the cool summer temperatures too?

There is no sign of heavy rain in the forecast.

Looks like we'll have dull colors and leaves falling off prematurely this autumn in the Syracuse area.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Surprise, surprise....it rained this morning. The first rain in nearly 3 weeks! The forecast didn't call for rain today....strange.

For the first time in recent memory I left a couple items outside yesterday thinking it wasn't going to rain today. Nothing important. Maybe I should start doing that more often to encourage more rain to head this way!
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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Maybe this webite can answer a question or two about it (and without being too scientific!--well,for me anyway,I'll be studying too!). Hopefully you'll still get to enjoy the color changes tho'.
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/Spfo/pubs/mi...ves/leaves.htm

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Old 09-27-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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The fall color doesn't strike me as particularly unusual this year. I don't see it as dull, so much as "normal" - we've been really spoiled in recent years due to some sunny summers where the leaves must have been filled with a lot of sugars. Peak is usually mid-October in the Syracuse area, I think. Still a ways to go yet.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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You're probably right.

Finally some soaking rain this weekend! For me, this is the third time I've had a good wash-out type soaking since April.

If wet Summers equal early leaf drop and with dry summers they hang on much longer, then they should hang on in my neighborhood into late November this year.

I was informed by several helpful posters in another forum that the early leaf drop now is actually from the drought this summer. And what I see now is tree stress color.
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