"All indications show that we could have a pretty good season this year," said Wendy Burnett, director of public relations for the Georgia Forestry Commission.
"We should see lots of color, and since we haven't had really much of a drought, the trees should hold onto the leaves for a little while.
So we should be able to enjoy it for a while.
"It's all about the weather," she
said, referring to the factors that shape a vibrant leaf season.
"... We've had plenty of rainfall.
So once we start having cooler nights and consistently cooler [temperatures] during the day as well, then that really will make the colors start to change and to pop and to really start putting on a show for us. [The season's peak] varies usually between mid-October to late October.
This year, I would suggest that it's probably going to be closer to late October because we're not seeing much of anything at this point."
To help leaf watchers select the most colorful driving routes, the Georgia Forestry Commission
is posting weekly updates on its website.
"Every week, we do a leaf-watch report.
Our foresters go out and do a couple of different drives," Burnett
said, referring to north central, northeast and northwest Georgia.