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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Peak Time For Leaf Peepers Comes Late This Year

If you’re in search of the reds and yellows of the fall foliage season, you might want to call ahead before making a trek.

New England’s fall colors have not changed as quickly as usual. Richard Primack, Professor of Biology at Boston University says warmer, wetter weather has trees retaining their colors and their leaves longer than usual.

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  • BHA in Vermont

    Plan your trip soon! The leaves in Burlington are changing. That means those at higher elevation are already brilliant.

  • John

    I thought the comment in the interview trying to link fall foliage and spring blooming to global warming is at best premature, and possibly irresponsible when viewed over the span from the mid 19th century to the early 21st century.
     
    My reason why is that starting in World War I, Germany, and later all the developed nations of the world started producing synthetic fertilizers in the Haber Bosch nitrogen fixation process.  We have seen drastrically increased fertilizer use since the days of Thoreau.  On this basis, the global warming comment is suspect, if not fully, then certainly significantly.
     
    But this is a topic for another day.  I just didn’t want to let the offhand comment slide without note.

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