CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sorry, fall lovers. Normally this time of year, people are flocking to the mountains of the Carolinas to see the beautiful fall foliage.
First Warn meteorologist Chris Mulcahy is an optimist but the hot start to fall has tempered expectations.
“It’s not looking to be the best leaf season we’ve ever seen,” Mulcahy said. “We’ve been way too hot. We need cool nights and we need to dry out. It’s been far too wet.”
If conditions were normal, we’d be close to seeing peak color in the mountains but as of Thursday, Grandfather Mountain is showing just some brown and yellow leaves. But not many, and certainly no beautiful orange and robust reds in the color.
“There will be a season, it just won’t be as spectacular as normal,” Mulcahy said.
Typical average peak for fall color
Grandfather Mountain: October 1-10
Blue Ridge Parkway: October 10-20
The start of the peak color will likely be delayed by at least a week. And Mulcahy says cool nights aren’t in the forecast, so it could be November before some areas see peak color.