Fall lovers, rejoice: The season of wearing cozy sweaters, whipping up delicious fall recipes and watching the trees explode with brilliant colors is nearly upon us!
If you’re one to look forward to chilly weather and leaf-peeping, then this fall foliage map is going to make your day.
The interactive map, which is updated annually by SmokyMountains.com co-founders David Angotti and Wes Melton, helps pinpoint exactly when the leaves are expected to change in each area.
“The  predictive fall leaf map helps potential travelers, photographers and leaf peepers determine the precise future date that the leaves will peak in each area of the continental United States,” Wes explained in a press release. “By utilizing the date selector at the bottom of the map, the user can visually understand how fall will progress over a region.”
Its creators warn that while the tool may show a state is at its “peak,” that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to see an autumnal wonderland.
“There are areas of the country that don’t really have many trees that are going to change brilliant colors,” Angotti told WVNews. “I wish I could make fall happen in South Florida or in the desert, but at the end of the day, the map is basically showing when the temperature and precipitation trends would cause peak fall to occur in each of these areas.”
In other words, take the map’s predictions with a
grain of salt dash of pumpkin spice.
Source: Kelly O’Sullivan