Experts: Fall Foliage Not As Prominent in Central PA

EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP -- Earlier this week, Newswatch 16 heard from a state forester who said despite the hot, dry weather, there should still be good fall colors in the Poconos.

However, Penn State experts say the drought was more extreme in Central Pennsylvania, and there could be an impact on the colors there.

Brightly colored leaves on trees are a sign of autumn in Pennsylvania.

People in the area say they look forward to seeing all the red, orange and yellow.

"It gets cool, and the leaves are nice and bright and pretty," Jasmine Rogers said.

But according to a study released by Penn State's Department of Agriculture, this season's dry weather is likely to damage the fall foliage in many parts of the state, including central PA.

"This year's kind of going to suck because of the drought and the leaves are already falling and they're all dried up," said Whitney Hinkle.

According to Penn State experts, because of the dry weather, the leaves may turn much faster and the color won't last as long. That's disappointing for Sharon Fogle of Lewisburg.

"You look forward to that coolness and that color that just comes out and it makes you feel like, I get up in the morning and it's 50 to 60 degrees, it's worth getting up and going out. If you want to get up, drive around and see the colors.... it's beautiful," Fogle said.

The leaves change quickly in cool to cold weather so to see these beautiful colors, the weather must change pretty quickly.

"I'm going to go with the mild winter, which, it's nice driving, but it's nice to see the foliage and stuff," Hinkle said.

The people Newswatch 16 spoke with say they love seeing the brightly colored leaves, and they'll take what they can get.

"I love to drive around in the mountains and see the beautiful colors, but you don't really have much control over it," Rogers said.

Penn State experts recommend going out and looking for the foliage soon because it will be harder than usual to find this year.