The weather was favorable in the summer, with near- to below-normal temperatures and sufficient rainfall. The lack of any sustained drought was a strong positive for healthy leaf growth and will contribute to bountiful color this autumn. Temperatures have continued to trend near- to below-normal going into September, with below-normal rainfall in the Upper Midwest and above-normal rainfall farther south. Some early-season frost in the Upper Midwest may prove to be a limiting factor for foliage there.
When to Go: Late September to early October will be the best time to head to the Upper Midwest for some leaf peeping; southern parts of the region will peak toward mid-October.