2012 Fall Foliage Could Fall Short

Fall Foliage

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) --  Upstate New York is known for its beautiful fall foliage, but some nature experts predict it could arrive earlier this year.

The prime foliage season for New York is generally between late October and early November.  The most dazzling colors usually last between four days and two weeks.

Workers at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Tompkins County say leaves could drop prematurely this year because of the dry summer.

Forestry expert Don Davis says that could happen, but predicts weather conditions over the next few weeks will really determine the foliage colors and time span.

"I think it's more a conditional of the fall...the rain and the sun in the fall," says Don Davis, owner of Davis Garden Center in Big Flats.   "[It] particularly [depends on] the sun, how colorful the trees are in the fall," says Davis.

To get more information about fall foliage in New York State, visit: http://www.iloveny.com/ and look for the 'Leaf Peeping' tab on the right hand side.