Fall foliage appears on track for a colorful New Hampshire show
By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent | September 22. 2013 9:58PM
The Mount Washington Valley is starting its annual metamorphosis from lush green to brilliant yellow, orange and red. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)
"It takes a real crystal ball to predict the fall colors," Brendan Prusik, Coos County forester for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension said. "The biggest factor in determining color quality and the experience of color is the weather during the foliage season itself."
Leaves change color when the days get shorter and trees stop being producing chlorophyll for photosynthesis to make food, said Prusik. With the green chlorophyll gone, the leaves reveal their "true" colors.
"This year seems to be later than usual, but we're getting close now," Fleury said.Color is spreading in the Great North Woods and the White Mountains, but in the southern part of the state, there's still a lot of green.
"We are anticipating about 7.8 million people to come here between now and the end of November, and that would be about 2 percent higher than last year," she said.
"We've had people from Texas, Florida, even Europe who book their trips well in advance," said Leslie Switzer, assistant manager of the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield. "People make their plans around foliage season."