fading foliage

Fading Fall Foliage Blamed on Global Warming.

Forested hillsides usually riotous with reds, oranges and yellows have shown their colors only grudgingly in recent years, with many trees going straight from the dull green of late summer to the rust-brown of late fall with barely a stop at a brighter hue.

It’s nothing like it used to be, said University of Vermont plant biologist Tom Vogelmann, a Vermont native.

He says autumn has become too warm to elicit New England’s richest colors. The leaves fall off without ever becoming orange or yellow or red.

They just go from green to brown, said Barry Rock, a forestry professor at the University of New Hampshire. He says 2004 was “mediocre, 2005 was terrible, 2006 was pretty bad although it was spotty. This year, we’re seeing that same spottiness.”

Fox News, 22 Oct 2007