‘Average’ season for fall leaves in NC says professor

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Forecasters say North Carolina can expect an “average” season for fall leaves, but a college professor suggests it may not be so bad.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Appalachian State University biology professor Howard Neufeld says a moderate summer with rain and no drought could help bring out the colors.

Neufeld said it’s been a fairly moderate summer with pretty good rain, no drought and moderate temperatures. He said if there are clear days into September and a succession of very cool nights and sunny days, that will bring out the red colors.

The fall foliage forecast appears to be a lot brighter than last year. Long periods of heat and drought in the spring and summer of 2016 created a spotty color show.

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