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Did Superstorm Sandy blow away peak fall color in Washington, D.C.?

Immediately prior to Superstorm Sandy on October 27, photographer Larry Brown captured the beautiful remnants of fall color at the lower elevations in Shenandoah National Park. Writes Brown: “The above image was taken just north of the Hensley Hollow Overlook in the Central District. Certainly the impact from Hurricane Sandy will surely strip most trees (if not all) of their remaining leaves during the next 2 days here in Virginia.” See large version of this image. ( Larry W. Brown via Flickr )

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...

Arlington Cemetary, October 21. ( Christopher Skillman, via Flickr )

Arlington National Cemetery, October 24. ( Brian Allen via Flickr )

Harper’s Ferry, October 20. ( Brandon Kopp via Flickr )

Arlington, Va. (Rosslyn), October 18. ( Christopher Skillman via Flickr )

Related links: Fall foliage photos from northern Maryland | Fall color at Arlington National Cemetery | Fantastic fall foliage sneaking into Washington, D.C., peaking in the mountains (PHOTOS)

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.


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