Fall Foliage The leaves here in Alexandria will hit their peak of color by the middle of November, according to forecasters. Temperature and moisture are the main factors in the type of fall colors we see. According to the U.S. Forest Service, “The amount and brilliance of the colors that develop in any particular autumn season are related to weather conditions that occur before and during the time the chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling. Temperature and moisture are the main influences.” This year has been unusually wet. The Washington metro area hit its annual rainfall average of 39.74 inches by late August thanks to several unusually rainy weeks in May, July and August. This year also has been hot. While there were some cooler-than-normal days in June and July, the region had several more 90-degree days this summer than average. What happens in the last week of October and early November will ultimately determine how vibrant our fall leaves are this year. Some of the best places in the area to take fall foliage photos are along the Mount Vernon Trail between Belle Haven and Mount Vernon. Enjoy!
PHOTOS BY CHRIS MILITZER
November / December 2018 • alexandrialivingmagazine.com