Early Fall Foilage Tours Seeing Mostly Green

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- People coming to southeast Tennessee to see the fall colors may see mostly the greens of summer.

National Weather Service forecaster May Black says the Easter weekend freeze, the drought and the late summer heat wave all played a part in the late change of leaf colors.

Black says extreme weather conditions have stressed vegetation in general.

As a result, the colors usually seen in mid-October might be at their peak in November.

Touring companies, including the Chattanooga Riverboat Company and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum have added excursions deeper into the fall.

The railroad has sold out all its October dates, but has tickets available for runs on November 3rd, 4th and 10th.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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