Halloween's wet weather should have little impact on fall colors

Halloween's wet weather should have little impact on Smokies fall colors

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Park officials say right now is the peak time for fall colors in the Smokies. Park officials say right now is the peak time for fall colors in the Smokies.
Park officials say visitors do not need to worry about Thursday's weather messing up the colors. Park officials say visitors do not need to worry about Thursday's weather messing up the colors.
"The rain is part of what really doesn't help leaf color. At this point it's pretty late, so it probably won't have too much of an impact," said park biologist Glenn Taylor. "The rain is part of what really doesn't help leaf color. At this point it's pretty late, so it probably won't have too much of an impact," said park biologist Glenn Taylor.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - Right now is the peak season for all those beautiful fall colors. Therefore, many people are worried that Thursday's wet and windy weather will cause many of the leaves to be knocked down and the colors might be gone for good.

6 News traveled up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and spoke to a park biologist to find out if there is any need to worry.

Park officials say right now is the peak time for fall colors in the Smokies.       

People visiting the park Thursday could not agree more.

"It's just gorgeous," said park visitor Kathy Stephens. "The yellows, the oranges, and the reds, just beautiful."    

Many people planned their trips to take in all of mother nature's beauty.

"We came specifically this time in October," said park visitor David Stephens. "We made reservations for the fall colors, and seeing the change of the season."    

Glenn Taylor, a national park biologist, says these visitors do not need to worry about Thursday's weather messing up the colors.

"You will have some leaves come off and the wind will do that," said Taylor. "The rain is part of what really doesn't help leaf color. At this point it's pretty late, so it probably won't have too much of an impact."    

Taylor says this year's colors have been amazing.

"We had a really good growing season," he said. "Plenty of moisture during the summer."

Taylor said if you can not come up to see the fall colors this week, you're in luck, because they should be around for the next couple of weeks.

The hikers 6 News spoke with said they did not want to take a chance with Thursday's weather messing up the colors before they got to enjoy them.

"Where we are staying one of the drivers said yea definitely there's supposed to be 30 mile-an-hour winds, so we wanted to get out today," said Kathy Stephens.

Park officials said places over 3,500 feet are already losing their leaves.

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