My personal observations are that we are still tending towards an "earlier" season. Based upon my travels in the NW Hills of CT yesterday, the colors are still developing rapidly despite the warm day time temperatures. The nights are cool, the shortening days are really fast approaching, we are now at 7:15 in dusk, and these prolonged, sun drenched days are all still contributing factors. I spoke with an arborist who confirms that once the sugars start depleting along with the above contributing elements, the progression still continues despite our summer-like days, as our earlier cold start kick started the process awhile ago.
The colors were coming on strong yesterday near the Mass/CT border and in the mountain ridges. I'll be in VT next weekend for Woodstock's Forest Days at Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park and should see some of the changes up there to report. Some photos are now coming in from up north with confirmation of early season color. Maybe a week or less earlier than normal, but really not that significant. Anyways, where I'm headed the first weekend it doesn't matter because I'm going to Manchester for the hiking and other activities!
In the meantime, I hope our locals can assess the VT scene and report back here!
Minnesotaman arrives in a couple of days so he should be reporting back soon.
PS. I can't believe I'm leaving next week!!!!