Summer Rain May Fade Fall Leaves In Western NC

CULLOWHEE (AP) - This summer's rains across western NC may take some of the glow off the upcoming fall leaf season.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Western Carolina University associate professor Kathy Mathews said the record amount of rain in the mountains this summer will have some good and some bad effects.

Mathews said rainfall is not beneficial to the development of vibrant fall colors. She says sunshine is needed to develop the red color. Matthews said more heavy rain in September could be a problem.

But Mathews says one benefit of the wet summer is a longer growing season, and that could cause the trees to hold on to their leaves longer and extend the fall color season.