Cullasaja Falls near Highlands, North Carolina, is even lovelier when autumn colors peak. (Photo courtesy of REI Adventures)
Fall is in full swing.
Cooler temperatures in parts of the United States make for a fitting start to fall.
As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, turn your gaze towards the trees to see that beautiful collage of red, purple, orange and yellow.
Curious when fall foliage will appear in all its glory in your area? Say no more. The website SmokyMountains.com has you covered with this interactive map.
The map pulls historical data and seasonal forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to predict the precise moment peak fall will occur county-by-county across the United States.
The map is one of the only fall leaf tools that provides accurate predictions for the entire continental United States, according to the Smoky Mountains tourism site.
Predicting Mother Nature’s exact moves is difficult, but the map is as accurate as the casual leaf peeper can expect it to be.
“Although the scientific concept of how leaves change colors is fairly simple, predicting the precise moment the event will occur is extremely challenging,” Wes Melton, data scientist and the chief technology officer of SmokyMountains.com, said in a press release. “Our end goal is to produce a map that’s useful and fun.”
The good news: If you were worried that autumn would never come, fear no more. The map appears to show that by November 2, every state will see at least a little bit of foliage.