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Experts: Fall color in NC could be best in years

Posted September 15, 2015

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 -- Fallen leaves gather on a mushroom-ridden log near Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

Plan for a spectacular fall leaf season in western North Carolina.

Experts in biology at Western Carolina University say 2015 could be one of the best leaf color seasons in recent memory. Professor Kathy Mathews says unusually dry weather is causing colors to pop.

Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say occasional heavy rain through the growing season helped the area stay out of drought, but the drier than normal soil usually means brighter leaf colors.

Leaf season usually lasts from late September to early November, depending on the elevation.

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