Experts: Southwestern CT's foliage season lagging

State environmental officials say people who were planning to take a scenic ride and enjoy this year's foliage season will likely be disappointed. Experts at

EASTON - State environmental officials say people who were planning to take a scenic ride and enjoy this year's foliage season will likely be disappointed. Experts at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say southwestern Connecticut is supposed to be at its peak in terms of the change in the color of leaves. Instead, they are seeing far less vibrant hues this year. Officials say the foliage season in northern Connecticut is right on schedule, but southwestern Connecticut is lagging as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, excess rain and little temperature differentiation. Local businesses, like Apple Barn in Easton, hope the foliage will soon catch up, attracting visitors to the area. State forestry officials estimate the peak foliage season will end around mid-November.

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