The big bridge along the Plum Creek Greenway Trail at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. (Photo by Chad Merda)
Every year, we eagerly await the arrival of fall colors, which can be quite spectacular around the county.
But when exactly that annual tradition will happen depends on a variety of factors, including temperatures and precipitation. While we can use our knowledge to make some local predictions about the timing of the leaf changes, the folks behind the Smoky Mountains website have come up with a national forecast map.
They've used a variety of data, including historical temperatures, rainfall and past leaf trends to come up with the 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map.
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It maps out the estimated changes each week from now through the end of November, with the intent of helping people plan their fall color trips nationwide.
As of now, the forecast has the fall colors in Will County starting to come in around October 12 and beginning to peak a week later. Based on the projection, the colorful tree canopies should be at their peak around October 26.
If the prediction holds true, that would provide some excellent opportunities to view fall colors during a number of upcoming Forest Preserve programs, such as at "Trick-or-Treat in the Woods," while on the trail while "Hikin' With Your Hound," or taking in the "Fall Family Campfire."
Do you prefer to explore on your own?
Participate in our "Woods Walk" hiking challenge, where you can view some wonderful scenery while hiking the designated trails.
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