Does this look like almost September to you? It doesn’t look that way to me either. I guess this is what buckets of rain in August means. Almost September looks like mid-late July. Usually, this late in August, the forest, the grass, the fields are all turning brown. As August is usually hades-hot and dry here, brown vegetation is not a surprising result.
This year August has been cool and wet, and this morning’s photo shows the result of that. Today, the weather feels like early fall, like late September perhaps. The temperature was in the upper 50’s this morning; the humidity has crashed to about 0 (after a deluge of 2" on Friday evening that cleared it). I’m not complaining, though I feel this weird disconnect about a forest that looks like late July but feels like late September. Usually, I don’t see a two month spread between how the forest looks and how it feels.
I have no idea what will happen in September this year. I suspect the long stretch of wet weather will extend the life of the leaves hanging on to the trees, even if the temperatures stay on the cool side. We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out in another 4-8 weeks. I’d like to think the moisture would help create brilliant fall colors in another several weeks. The fall colors haven’t been much to speak of for the past few years, mostly because of dryness. Last year was better than the year before, but still wasn’t up to standard, in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind if the fall color lasted longer than a week, either. I just hope it’s not the green shade that lasts into November.
About the only prediction I think I can safely make is that I don’t expect to see a "typical" September because of August’s weather. What form that untypical September will take, though, isn’t something I can predict. And how deeply this unique August weather will affect the forest even later into the fall is yet another mystery. Stay tuned. I think it’s going to be interesting.