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Past storms cause early fall foliage

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State experts said more trees are showing signs of fall foliage now when they should begin turning in a few weeks.

Eyewitness News has why wacky weather may be to blame.

Not even a week into September and already reds, oranges and yellows are popping up on trees.

"Every year we see a number of trees that show premature fall coloration, but this year it seems to be a little bit more extensive than usual," said  Dr. Sharon Douglas, who is the state's leading plant pathologist.

Douglas explained the trees are damaged and stressed. Possibly from being pounded by  storms like Tropical Storm Irene, Superstorm Sandy and Blizzard Charlotte caused leaves to change color early. But, it's not all bad.

"This doesn't mean doom and gloom for the foliage season by any means," Douglas said. "It's just a few outliers that are showing the color."

Fall foliage is a big attraction in Connecticut. It brings plenty of people from miles away to local businesses to take in the spectacular view.

At Lyman Orchards, the colorful leaves are part of the pick your own fruit experience in fall.

"It works really great, because people are coming out to the countryside and obviously orchards are a great way to spend a few hours and pick," said John Lyman, who owns Lyman Orchards.

The Lyman family and state experts said they'll be watching out for nice weather in September and hoping it will bring a beautiful peak foliage season to arrive right on schedule, which is mid-October.

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