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Wicked Weather Bringing Close
to W.Va.’s Fall Foliage Season

Chances are running out to see colorful fall foliage this season. Snow in the mountains, widespread rain and expected windy conditions are ushering out West Virginia’s 2013 fall foliage season.

A few bright spots remain, including I-79 from Charleston to Flatwoods and U.S. Route 60 in Kanawha County. If leaves in Putnam and Mason counties remain on the trees after this week’s predicted storm, foliage will peak in those areas this weekend. Leaves along State Route 10 and the Guyandotte River in Logan County are presently at peak.

Some country roads in Wetzel, Marion and Marshall counties still provide pretty-as-a-postcard views, and there are colorful mountainsides to be found in Hardy County. U.S. Routes 220 and 50 in Mineral County are enjoyable drives with good views, along with Jersey Mountain Road in Hampshire County.

For photos and more information about West Virginia’s 2013 fall foliage season, visit the agency’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry
This is the last fall foliage report for 2013.

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TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
Why Leaves Change Colors

As the sun moves farther south the hours of daylight decrease and temperatures fall, causing leaves to stop producing chlorophyll, the chemical that colors them green. With the disappearance of chlorophyll, the underlying colors of the leaves are visible. The next strongest pigment becomes dominant, giving the leaves a "new" color.
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FALL FOLIAGE COLORATION GUIDE

Yellows

Ash, White - Yellow
Basswood - Yellow
Beech - Yellow
Birch, River - Dull Yellow
Birch, Sweet - Yellow
Buckeye, Ohio - Yellow
Coffeetree, Kentucky - Yellow
Cottonwood, Eastern - Yellow
Elder, Box - Yellow
Elm, American - Yellow
Hazel Nut - Brownish Yellow
Hickory, Mockernut - Dull Yellow
Hickory, Pignut - Dull Yellow
Hickory, Shagbark - Dull Yellow
Hickory, Shellbark - Dull Yellow
Hophornbeam, Eastern - Yellow
Locust, Black - Yellow
Locust, Honey - Yellow
Maple, Silver - Pale Yellow
Oak, Chestnut - Yellow
Pecan - Dull Yellow
Redbud, Eastern - Yellow
Shad Bush - Bright Clear Yellow
Tuliptree - Yellow
Walnut, Black - Yellow
Walnut, White - Bright Yellow
Willow, Black - Pale Yellow

Reds

Dogwood - Crimson
Gum, Black - Deep Red
Oak, Northern Red - Rusty Red
Oak, Pin - Crimson
Oak, Scarlet - Scarlet
Oak, Southern Red - Rusty Red
Oak, Swamp Chestnut - Dark Crimson
Sourwood - Deep Red
Sumac - Brilliant Red

Browns

Oak, Bur - Pale Brown
Oak, Post - Pale Brown
Oak, Shingle - Brown
Oak, Swamp White - Pale Brown

Multi-Colors

Hawthorn - Brilliant Varying Colors
Hazel Nut - Brownish Yellow
Hornbeam - Orange, Scarlet
Maple, Red - Red, Orange
Maple, Sugar - Yellow, Orange, Red
Oak, Black - Dull Red to Orange Brown
Oak, Blackjack - Dull Yellow or Brown
Oak, White - Pink or Red
Persimmon - Glossy Green with Yellow
Sassafras - Red, Orange, Yellow
Sweetgum - Yellow, Orange, Brown
Sycamore, American - Yellow, Brown
Witch Hazel - Bright Yellow-Orange

No Change

Magnolia, Umbrella - No Change
Holly, American - No Change
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