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West Virginia’s spectacular fall season is underway

Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero Say goodbye to summer and say hello to crisp fall days as shown in this image at Little Beaver State Park. The state of West Virginia is nearly 80 percent forested so you’ll find plenty of Mother Nature’s handiwork in shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Leaves are beginning to change colors and the reasoning for the color change in because as the sun moves farther south the hours of daylight decrease and temperatures fall, causing leaves to stop producing chlorophyll, the chemical that colors them green. With the disappearance of chlorophyll, the underlying colors of the leaves are visible. The next strongest pigment becomes dominant, giving the leaves a “new” color. Information provided came from the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero
Say goodbye to summer and say hello to crisp fall days as shown in this image at Little Beaver State Park. The state of West Virginia is nearly 80 percent forested so you’ll find plenty of Mother Nature’s handiwork in shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Leaves are beginning to change colors and the reasoning for the color change in because as the sun moves farther south the hours of daylight decrease and temperatures fall, causing leaves to stop producing chlorophyll, the chemical that colors them green. With the disappearance of chlorophyll, the underlying colors of the leaves are visible. The next strongest pigment becomes dominant, giving the leaves a “new” color. Information provided came from the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — It’s the most wonderful time of the year… if you love colorful foliage, pumpkin-spiced everything and crisp evening air.

Autumn officially begins on Wednesday, but many essential fall elements are already being spotted throughout the region.

“Leaves are barely starting to turn on the higher elevations,” shared Dave Bieri, district supervisor at National Park Service in the New River Gorge National River.

Beginning Sept. 24, the West Virginia Division of Forestry will release fall foliage reports at wvforestry.com. Southern West Virginia’s peak season is late October, according to the online map.

In addition to weekly reports, updates can also be found atfacebook.com/wvforestry. Social media users are also encouraged to post fall foliage photos with the hashtag #fallinwv…

 

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