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Thanks to weather, foliage sights might be wet and few

October 14, 2011

Many fall foliage forecasts are calling for this weekend to be the peak colors for the changing of the leaves in western Pennsylvania. This grove of trees located along Route 210 in North Mahoning Township has reached its peak this week. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Don’t blink, or you’ll miss what could be the best weekend to see fall foliage in this part of western Pennsylvania.
Most trees are in full color with deep reds and bright yellows prevailing, said Eric Leister, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College.

This weekend will be better than next weekend, as there’s the possibility of more leaves dropping due to windy weather conditions today and tomorrow, Leister said.

In the far north, many locations are already at their peak, Leister said, and by next weekend, many of the northern locations will drop most of their leaves.

Warren, McKean and Potter counties will be best for viewing this weekend.
Leister said Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and Indiana counties should be good for this weekend and next weekend.

Very little green vegetation remains, and a few trees have yet to reach peak, but are showing very bright, well-developed colors, Leister said.
These trees will peak very quickly, although some trees are slow turning due to the weather.

“All the rain we had at the end of summer and the beginning of fall got the whole color change out of whack, which has caused some trees to not change as quickly as they normally do,” he said. “A lot of times what will happen as a result of an abundance of rainfall is the leaves will change and fall right off the trees.”

Leister said some of the leaves will still be green when they fall off the trees, which is a side effect of heavy rainfall.

The rain has a large effect on how the leaves will change color and when they will fall off, he said.

Leister said this weekend is going to be quite windy at times, with wind gusts up to 40 mph, which could also cause the leaves to come down as well.

Jamie Popson, of the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors, said nowhere else in the country is nature on display as brilliantly or abundantly as it is in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

“It doesn’t matter which part of the Pennsylvania Wilds you visit, whichever way you turn, the natural beauty of our region will take your breath away and have you wanting to see even more,” she said.

FALL EVENTS
Here are some events scheduled for today in and around Jefferson County:

• Fall Expo and Swap Meet  — Coolspring, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Coolspring Power Museum. For more information, call (814) 849-6883 or visit www.CoolspringPowerMuseum.org.

 • Farmer’s Market —Clarion, 8:30 a.m. to noon today. Vendors with locally grown fruits and vegetables located in the parking lot next to Clarion County Courthouse.

 • Farmer’s Market — St. Marys, at 9 a.m. today. Fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables on South Street. 

 • Cheese Making — Brookville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Learn to prepare freshly homemade cheese and yogurt. For more information, call 814-849-9662 or visit www.QuietCreekHerbFarm.com. 

• Leaf Prints —Sinnemahoning State Park, from 2 to 3 p.m. today. Learn how to make a beautiful leaf print using the colors that nature has provided. For more information, call 814-647-8401.

 • Whitetail Deer Management — Benezette, from 1 to 2 p.m., today. Pennsylvania Game Commission/ Wildlife Conservation Officer John Dzemyan will discuss the importance of whitetail deer and controlling the population. For more information, call 814-787-5167 or visit www.ExpereinceElkCountry.com.

• Corn Maize — Brookville, from 6 to 10 p.m. today. Scream Acres corn maze, corn cannon, mini maze for the smaller goblins, pumpkin patch, delicious food and campfire. For more information, call 814-849-2832 or visit www.Themaize.com.sites. 

• Nightmare Lane — Brookville, from 7 to 11 p.m. today. The Moonlight Drive-In haunted hayride and special Halloween movie, “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” on the big screen. For more information, call 814-849-5588 or visit www.LipumaTheatres.com.

 • Zombie Walk — Lucinda, from 5 to 11 p.m. today. Join Amazeing Farm Adventures for a Zombie Walk through Lucinda. Prizes, refreshments, music and fun. For more information, call 814- 226-6609 or visit www.AmazingLucinda.com.

 • Haunted Woods Trail — Knox, 7:30 p.m. today. Maneuver through a quarter-mile wooded trail including Ghost Town, ship wreck and more. For more information, call 814-797-2355 or visit www.TempestHauntedWoods.webs.com.

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