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Despite Hurricane Florence, the Carolinas are on track for a ‘fantastic’ Fall color season

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Checking out the Fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great way to spend an SC Weekend.  But did Hurricane Florence put a damper on the Fall color season in the southern Appalachians?

The Fall Colors could be delayed this year due to above average rain fall this summer and warm September.  However, according to Clemson University forest ecologist Don Hagan, there are few signs Florence should hinder an abundance of autumn hues.

“We didn’t see the direct impacts here along the southern Blue Ridge Parkway like we could have seen,” Hagan said. “Had we seen a little bit more wind and a little bit more rain, we could have seen leaves getting knocked off before they ever had a chance to turn — and we just fortunately didn’t see that this year.”

So what will the Fall color season be like this year?

“There’s not a whole lot of color happening yet, but it’s coming soon,” said Hagan, an assistant professor in Clemson’s department of forestry and environmental conservation. “What a difference a year makes. Every year we come up here for my dendrology class, but I don’t think in the time that we’ve been doing this, there’s ever been as big a difference as we’re seeing between 2018 and 2017.”

If you’re looking for a road trip, head to the upstate and check out the spectacular Fall color season.