Editorial: Who stole our autumn?

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 03:35 PM

You're going to have trouble convincing us that the extra-wet summer has nothing to do with what so far is this area's relatively drab autumn.

Maybe the warm weather that held sway until the start of this week just delayed the color change -- Howie Neufeld, a professor of biology at Appalachian State University who issues a color report each week through the fall, told the Winston-Salem Journal on Thursday that the peak of fall color in Boone usually is Oct. 10-14 but is just now hitting, nearly two weeks later than normal.

The area around Elk Knob State Park, near the Tennessee line, reportedly is one of the best places to go leaf-peeping this weekend.

The color peaks in high elevations first, so perhaps the Lenoir area will pretty up next week.

But an awful lot of trees around here seem to have been dropping an awful lot of leaves already. The woods so far are largely the color of slimy mud.

And with temperatures now dropping to around freezing, we're left to hope that frost doesn't kill off the leaves and turn them brown before they even get a chance to get pretty.