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The Conway Scenic Railroad crosses a trestle as it takes passengers on a fall foliage excursion through Crawford Notch, N.H., Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Sorry. But in Vermont, the Department of Tourism and Marketing is holding out hope that things might turn around.

A news release — titled “Unseasonable Heat Reflected in Vermont Forest Conditions” — that the department put out just now:

Vermont’s landscape continues to bask in lingering summerlike weather, with bright sunshine, effectively no rain, and well above-average temperatures continuing into October. As a result, our forests are reflecting these unseasonable conditions, said Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder on Wednesday.


The early phase of fall color has passed, but the mid- to late-season color has yet to emerge in many areas.


While there remain large volumes of green leaves that still could turn given a few cold nights — particularly in the Champlain Valley and Bennington County — there are locations especially in northeast Vermont and parts of Orange County, with browning and premature leaf drop, particularly on dry sites.


Vermont remains hopeful that its typically vibrant fall colors will emerge in the days ahead, but recent record-setting heat and ongoing warmth for this point in the year have created atypical conditions for its forests and foliage.

#lingeringsummer #prematureleafdrop