Now that cooler temperatures have finally returned to the Southeast, it is time to think about fall and the change of colors. There are a number of websites available to help you find times and places to see peak colors. Country Living highlighted a map which shows how peak color moves from north to south across the US at http://www.countryliving.com/life/a36288/fall-foliage-map/. A larger version of the map along with some information on why leaves change color is available at https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/.
Actual changes in color as reported by local observers can be found at http://www.foliagenetwork.com/index.php. Unfortunately, this real-time map does not extend south into Georgia, but covers North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
WRAL posted a story today from Asheville NC indicating that they think the dry conditions this year in parts of the Southeast may spread out the length of the fall color season this year, since some trees will change early due to water stress while others hold back to maximize food production.
If you have other sites with useful information on fall foliage, send them to me and I will add them to this post.