I am only 2 hours from Vermont and although I can only speak of the summer here in Northern CT, it mirrors much of New England and points north. We have had a lot of rain as well as storm after storm. Even though July seemed hot (with that one killer day ) the mornings oddly enough have been on the cool side. We were up in the mountains near the NY border yesterday and my friend said, "I felt that kiss of fall this morning." And it was true. The air felt and smelled differently. Some of the leaves on the trees in the higher elevations are dulling and some very tips are turning. This is typical of mid-August. The tree canopies are full and very healthy and we do not have any drought whatsover. Things so far, are looking good and "normal".
Honestly, my own opinion is that it is not wise to predict the season yet, as August here in New England can be brutal with high temps (not like in Texas thank goodness) and lack of rain. I would say the best time to have some sort of feeling on the foliage outlook would be soon after Labor Day. Vermonters would have a better idea of how things are going up there as the first state report usually comes out around September 14th or 15th.
Rain is good! We are having a lot of it this week. That takes us through mid-August. Personally, I am having a very good feeling on the upcoming season. Wind is not good. Not good at all. So pray you must, that we don't get any strong winds beginning in mid-September and onward!
We will keep you posted here in a few weeks and hopefully our dear Weatherman will reappear!
Meanwhile, here in the Dallas area, looks like today's high will be around 104. Tomorrow's high will be in the 105-110 range. All of the grassy medians are yellow-brown, the grass embankments along the freeways are totally dead. Trees are beginning to show signs of stress. And so are the people. It begins to mess with your mind when just stepping outside means dealing with heat of this magnitude. Our prayers are with the farmers and ranchers of the state...their situation is hopeless. Texas has more wind farms than any other state, but even that isn't working out because winds are pretty much calm. It's sad to pray for a hurricane but that's how dire our plight is.
We had a monsoon-like rain last evening (looked like southern VT got rain too) and the new forecast is for waking up to 50 degrees this Friday and Saturday morning with late summer temperatures all next week! So the pull of the fall season is approaching for sure.
Phil: Glad your blueberry picking season went well!
Should this impact this year's foliage for better or worse?
I hope things are looking up in Texas. I have been following it.
I'll be fervently watching Vermont weather, too, hoping for cold air...and no harm from passing girls named Irene.
Well there is good news and bad. Good news is this is another La nina year coming on. La nina years are great for bringing down early cool shots in September then warming periods. Looks like first significant cool shot to the Plains around Sep 3-4 then heading eastward after that. Also looks like a good winter for snow and cold lovers! Bad news is east coast is open for business this hurricane season. Now TS Irene will likely be a hurricane by monday. She will likely strike SC, possibly NC in a few days as a major hurricane but guidance suggest she will take an inland route to NJ then off Atlantic City then Cape Cod as a depression around next monday. While all this rain is Great for foliage, the wet ground makes it easier for high winds to knock down trees and we will have to watch where Irene goes but right now think East CT/RI/East MA/SE VT/ SO NH/ SW ME will bear the brunt sparing the mountains. Lets hope!! Will keep everyone posted!