The map uses NOAA precipitation forecasts, average daylight exposure, and temperature forecasts to make predictions about peak foliage times near you.
When leaves start falling that means autumn is calling!
It's about that time to unpack your coziest sweaters and whip up those classic fall recipes, because leaf-peeping season is around the corner. Whether you're heading to a pumpkin farm, apple picking or decorating your porch, everything on your fall bucket list is more festive when done against a backdrop of beautiful foliage.
This year, you can plan ahead to make sure to get the full fall experience with a fall foliage interactive map.
"The 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," data scientist Wes Melton explained in a press release.
He continued, "By utilizing the date selector at the bottom of the map, the user can visually understand how fall will progress over a region. We believe this interactive tool will enable travelers to take more meaningful fall vacations, capture beautiful fall photos, and enjoy the natural beauty of autumn."
While it's impossible to predict with 100% certainty when the foliage will be at its peak, this map uses a "unique blend of historical and forecast data" to create a predictive algorithm that's rooted in science and based on meteorology.
Peak Fall Foliage by Region
Want to know when you can expect that Insta-worthy landscape of color bursting leaves? Just move the slider to see when your neck of the woods reaches peak fall foliage in 2021.
East Coast: Mid October - Late October
Gulf Coast: Early November
Midwest: Mid October - Late October
Rocky Mountains: Late September- Mid October
West Coast: Mid October - Early November
Now if you'll excuse us, we need to go plan our fall getaway!
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