Now that the weather looks to be changing to warmer and sunnier conditions, the changing fall foliage will become much more noticeable. This is in stark contrast to last year. September 2009 was the 2nd warmest on record and because of that, the leaves did not change much during that time period. Then the weather pattern shifted and the first 15 days of October were the coldest such period on record.
That huge shift from warm to cold literally froze the leaves while they were mostly still green, which meant almost no color change. Many trees just dropped the green leaves straight to the ground while the other trees just turned an ugly brown color and stayed that way for several weeks. It was the worst autumn for colors in several years. Here is an example of our fall colors last year:
So I am looking forward to what looks to be a much more promising fall foliage show coming up in the next few weeks.