This Fall Foliage Map Predicts Exactly When The Leaves Will Change In Your Area

This Fall Foliage Map Predicts Exactly When The Leaves Will Change In Your Area
This Fall Foliage Map Predicts Exactly When The Leaves Will Change In Your Area
Kelly O'Sullivan
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From Delish

Ree Drummond's opinions about the seasons have changed a lot over the years (moving to a cattle ranch will do that to you! 😂), but she has *officially* declared that fall is her favorite.

"There's something about this time of year—when the long, hot summer draws to a close and school and work put our days back into a normal rhythm—that I find so calming and nice," she says.

Of course, Ree's fondness for fall extends far beyond establishing a comfortable routine. The Pioneer Woman also loves wearing cozy sweaters, whipping up delicious fall recipes, and watching the trees in Oklahoma explode with brilliant colors.

If you look forward to chilly weather and leaf-peeping as much as Ree does, then this fall foliage map is seriously going to make your day.

Photo credit: COURTESY OF SMOKYMOUNTAIN.COM
Photo credit: COURTESY OF SMOKYMOUNTAIN.COM

The interactive map, which is updated annually by SmokyMountains.com co-founders David Angotti and Wes Melton, helps autumn lovers pinpoint exactly when the leaves are expected to change in their area. If you head to their website, you can use the date selector at the bottom of the map to visually understand how fall will progress across the country.

"The [2020] 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.

How cool is that?!

Photo credit: GracedByTheLight
Photo credit: GracedByTheLight

But before you start planning your fall foliage road trip, make sure you understand the map's limitations. 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. If you live in an area where the trees do change colors, then be sure to consult our list of fall Instagram captions before you post a gorgeous foliage photo. 😉

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