Above is a picture that I took on Tuesday from the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area in Newton County. Though we are starting to get past peak fall foliage in Northwest Arkansas & the Boston Mountains (espeically after today’s wind), there still is some good color in spots.
This week’s fall foliage report courtesy of www.arkansas.com Every Thursday we will feature a new report.
Northwest/North Central – Foliage in the Ozarks is at or past peak. Color is still present, but it is limited in scope. This week spotters in the region are seeing mostly rusty orange, yellow and brown. Some red is in the area but very limited. Most of the leaves have fallen. Predicted peak of color: At or just past peak
Central Arkansas/Ouachita Mountains – A moderate amount of color is present, but it is not widespread. Most of the color is on individual trees. You can expect to see some rusty orange, limited yellow and brown with some small spots of red scattered throughout the forest. Predicted peak of color: Early/Mid November
Arkansas River Valley communities along I-40 from Fort Smith and Morrilton to Little Rock have limited color. If you will be in Little Rock this weekend to attend the 20th Annual Holiday House, the maples in front of the Clinton Library and around the River Market are showing nice color. Routes such as Ark. 7, 9, 23, 27 and U.S. 71 are popular because they allow motorist to get closer to the remaining color. Most of the remaining color you will see is on individual trees. Predicted peak of color : Early/Mid November
Southern/Eastern Arkansas – There is still some fall foliage to see in southern and eastern Arkansas. Village Creek State Park near Forrest City, Cane Creek State Park near Star City and St. Francis National Forest near Helena has limited color. Mostly rusty orange, yellow and brown Predicted peak of color: Mid November
Summary: We will not experience a widespread peak this year. Those trees that have been green that our just now starting to turn due to some much needed cooler temperatures should have some nice color. Nice sunny days with cool nights are needed to produce the vibrant fall foliage that we all enjoy. Most regions in the state started turning or losing leaves earlier than normal due to extended high temperature days and nights. Hard rain and high winds this week have blown off many of the leaves. Most of the color can be seen on individual trees. Those motorists visiting Russellville this weekend for the 40th Annual Arkansas Valley Arts & Crafts Fair will see some color along Ark. 7 and I-40.
Drew Michaels & Damon Shaw
Follow us on Twitter at “4029weather”