When And Where To Expect South Carolina’s Fall Foliage To Peak This Year

With the last day of summer quickly approaching on September 21st and the first day of autumn on September 22nd, it’s time to start plotting a day trip (or longer) to do some leaf peeping this year. Each year, the folks at smokymountains.com use a special set of data points they push through their proprietary algorithm and miraculously predict the progression of fall foliage changes across the continental U.S.

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There are lots of reasons to love the fall season in South Carolina. Looking forward to cooler temperatures reigns high on the list for most, but those fall colors are really something else! What’s your favorite season in South Carolina?

The folks at SmokyMountain.com use a number of key factors in creating their annual interactive map (see it here). They include historical precipitation, NOAA precipitation forecasts, elevation, actual temperatures, temperature forecasts, and average daylight exposure. They put ’em all together and send the information through their special algorithm to create nearly 50,000 data points on the continental U.S. map, which in turn, propagates the weekly forecasts you see on their map. Not all predictions will be 100% accurate, but the professionals at smokymountains.com have been producing this map each fall for nearly ten years. This year, they plan to add a mid-season update for the first time ever.