STATE COLLEGE, PA October 7, 2004 AccuWeather.com meteorologists believe this weekend may be one of the best of the fall season for outdoor activities, including viewing fall foliage.
"We expect that next week the overall weather pattern will turn more unsettled and also colder, so next weekend probably will not be nearly as nice," said Ken Reeves, AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist. "This weekend is about as good as it gets for October weather in areas where the leaves are already turning."
According to the All About Fall section on AccuWeather.com, the areas that currently have the highest percentage of trees with fall color include northern and western New England, along the spine of the Appalachians, northern portions of the Great Lakes and Midwest, and the Rockies.
The only slight weather problem in these regions is the chance of a few light showers on Saturday in New England from a front moving through the region. The front will have limited moisture with it, so any rain will be light. This front will usher in breezy, cool and sunny weather Sunday, so it will both look and feel like fall in New England.
Elsewhere, pleasant autumn weather will be experienced in the Appalachians this weekend, while warm and sunny weather will be the rule in upper Great Lakes and Midwest and the Rockies.
Along with weather, knowing where to go for the best fall foliage helps make any autumn weekend trip a success. Before any weekend leaf-watching outing, fall-foliage enthusiasts can find a variety of information on AccuWeather.com's All About Fall section. The current fall color graphic illustrates an up-to-date percentage of trees that have turned in different areas and the average peak times graphic shows the time of year when the leaves are at their most colorful. Also included is the weekly update that gives the current location of the best fall foliage displays in the United States.
In addition, the site also offers educational information about the fall season. This include graphics and explanations of how droughts can affect color during the fall and information about what causes the leaves change color. There is even a FAQ section that addresses the science behind autumn, including how droughts affect autumn leaf color, how leaf fall ensures a tree's survival in the winter, why it turns colder in the fall, and the average date of the first frost.
Along with the All About Fall section, AccuWeather.com offers 15-day forecasts for every zip code in the United States. This helps users better plan a trip that will have the best possible weather for viewing fall foliage.
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