The 1st Day of Fall is Saturday, September 22nd, and Mother Nature seems to be waiting until Fall for the leaves to start turning color, at least according to the September 19th Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation.

Maine Department of Conservation, Forestry and Agriculture
Maine Department of Conservation, Forestry and Agriculture

Most of Maine is seeing a thirty percent color change with a very low, ten percent, leaf drop. Forest Rangers in the western mountains of Maine are reporting less than ten percent color change with very low leaf drop.

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.

Gale Ross, Maine's Fall Foliage Spokesperson said

"With the first day of fall arriving this upcoming weekend and the weather becoming more seasonal, pockets of color will start emerging in many parts of the state. It will be a great weekend to head outdoors to apple and pumpkin pick, visit a state park or fair, or just take in the leaves,"

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