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Foliage Forecaster Predicting A 'Good Display' - Brevard, NC


September 14, 2017

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Beverly Collins is Western Carolina University's foliage forecaster.

It's September in the hills when Western Carolina University's fall foliage forecaster Beverly Collins attempts to quantify the quality of the annual color show in western North Carolina through a scientific-based prediction. And Collins is anticipating a good display across the mountains this year.

Each fall, the region's autumnal colors emerge as chlorophyll in leaves breaks down, revealing pigments that were hidden by the green.

"I think it will be a colorful fall this year," said Collins, a professor in WCU's Department of Biology. "If we have a typical fall with bright, sunny days an...

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