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Hot, dry summer may mean earlier, dimmer fall foliage

Warm days and cool nights are attributed to maple trees  starting to change color as seen here along Route 5s in Pattersonville on Thursday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Warm days and cool nights are attributed to maple trees starting to change color as seen here along Route 5s in Pattersonville on Thursday afternoon.
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The dark reds, oranges and glowing yellows of fall foliage may emerge earlier this year than in previous years, some leaf experts say. Others say the hot, dry summer may result in less color in some parts of upstate New York. Eric Scheffel, coordinator of Empire State Development’s I Love New York weekly fall foliage report, said it’s a little too early to say what the foliage season will be like. “My sense is that ...

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