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Track when and where the leaves are turning this fall

Track when and where the leaves are turning this fall
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Look outside - it's fall now, the beautiful time of year when the air gets crisp, T-shirts give way to sweaters and the leaves on the trees change from green to gold, orange, red, yellow and brown before falling on the ground.

This is many people's favorite season, after the summer's heat and before the deep chill of winter. It's a great time for road trips also, and one of the pleasures of those long drives across the country is seeing the landscape's changing colors as the seasons turn. And the changes in the hues of the foliage will be the most dramatic over the next month in most regions.

If you're planning a road trip or just curious when the peak time for colorful foliage will be in your part of the country, you need to check out this Cool Site. It's a Fall Foliage Map for 2015 with a sliding date function that shows you predictions on a color-coded map for when the leaves' color switch is minimal, patchy, partial, near peak, peak or past the peak.

If you're curious about the science of leaves' changing colors, there's information on that as well. For instance, did you know that without chlorophyll, leaves would be gold and red and orange and brown all year long? This is a great website for those who anticipate the autumn months - check it out yourself by clicking the blue button below.

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