Northern Maine Nearing Peak Conditions

The Fall Foliage Report from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports 70 percent color for the upcoming Columbus Day weekend in northern Maine.

The remainder of the state is at 40 to 50 percent color change. A low leaf drop is also reported throughout the state.

Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reaches peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state's progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.

"I'm going out on a limb here and say that because of the warm weather we've been experiencing, it appears the progression of color is trailing about a week behind," said Gale Ross, a fall foliage spokesperson. "Ideal conditions call for shorter, warm days, followed by longer, cool nights to move the colors along. This all translates into good news for our mid-to-late October leaf peepers."

Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state's official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.com to sign up to receive weekly reports by email, and can share their photos from throughout the state as the progression of color begins.