HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880 / AP) – A hot dry summer is not a friendly scenario for a colorful fall foliage season, but in Connecticut there was plenty of rain.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

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So this season should be terrific, according to Connecticut forestry director Chris Martin.

“I think it’s going to be a great show. In fact, if anything, it may be extended because the trees are going into the fall very, well-watered and in really good health,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Martin says along the shoreline, some leaves got an overdose of salt from ocean spray kicked up by Irene, and that, he says, could dull the color a bit.

He’s also seeing a bit of fungus on leaves of sugar maples, but he says those trees make up only a small number of the colorful array we’ll see this fall.

Meanwhile, fall foliage is progressing slowly in New York state, but not for long.

The state economic development office says the Adirondacks can expect a 35-percent color change by the weekend in the Tupper Lake-Mount Arab areas.

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There will be 100-percent color change when the leaves hit their peak.

In the Catskills, Otsego County expects a 15-percent change in color.

In the Hudson Valley and Saratoga County region, about a 10-percent change in colors is expected this weekend.

Central New York can expect 15-percent changes.

Fall foliage gazing is a major tourism draw in New York and the state is reporting on color changes weekly.

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