Dry summer could possibly affect fall foliage

Experts say Connecticut has been experiencing a moderate drought for the past six weeks.

Experts say Connecticut has been experiencing a moderate drought for the past six weeks.

Experts say Connecticut has been experiencing a moderate drought for the past six weeks. (9/22/15)

WOODBRIDGE - Experts say Connecticut has been experiencing a moderate drought for the past six weeks.

The growing rain deficit in southwestern Connecticut is beginning to show, not only in the brown grass, but also in some trees that are turning brown. Some trees in particular that are impacted are those that are growing on top of a ridgeline or those on properties with shallow soil.

"For the entire year, we're running 6 to 7 inches less than you would normally expect," says Dr. Jeffrey Ward, the chief scientist at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station in New Haven. "We are seeing dry, if not moderate, drought conditions and that trend is expected to continue."

Ward says the trees that are turning brown are going dormant to protect themselves from an unusually dry summer.

He also stated that most trees seem to be withstanding the drought, which means we could see some bright colors this fall foliage season.

"Provided we get some rain within the next couple weeks, you know the forecast is for no rain for two weeks, if we get the rain by then we should be fine.  If we go another month without any rain, all bets are off," says Ward.

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