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Late summer decides intensity of fall colors

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Fall leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway. (File/Associated Press) Fall leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway. (File/Associated Press)
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -

Experts have already noticed some fall color in the highest elevations of the North Carolina mountains around Boone, but they say that is no indication of what this year's fall foliage will be like.

Appalachian State University biology professor Howie Neufeld told The Charlotte Observer that vivid red can be seen on the leaves of some red and sugar maples near Boone.

Neufeld says it isn't known why those trees change color so early. His research shows sunny and cooler August and September weather tends to bring out more vivid colors on time in North Carolina, while a warm and wet late summer delays the color change and makes the colors more muted.

The fall color peak in the mountains is in mid-October and the Piedmont is early November.

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