October began so promising weather-wise. I remember beautiful day after beautiful day. From all accounts, the fall foliage along the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive in the middle to latter part of the month was spectacular.
But along came Superstorm Sandy, abruptly ending the foliage season in the mountains. Sandy was followed by a wave of unusually cold weather and cloudy days - not exactly had prime leaf watching weather in areas east of the mountains, where peak color was advancing.
But now, the winds are finally waning, the sun is beaming, and temperatures are on the rise - just in time for the weekend. Is there good fall color remaining, and where can we find it?
The Foliage Network reports peak foliage can still be seen along and east of I-95. But don’t bother going to the mountains.
“Hurricane/Superstorm Sally has had a profound effect on the fall foliage,” the Foliage Network writes. “All along the Appalachian Mountains, the foliage season is over.”
Forested areas inside the beltway, D.C.’s eastern suburbs and even into the Delmarva should have good color into next week.
Here are some of the top photo submissions we’ve received from readers so far (via our Flickr group), most coming in prior to Sandy...