The hues of autumn create spectacular scenes, but could a midsummer drought, followed by a hurricane in August and a rainy September, leave us without luscious colored leaves?
"This is a black walnut here on top of the hillside. It already lost leaves early," said Tim Dugan, an assistant district forester for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.
Dugan said all the wacky weather will have an impact on leaf color this fall.
"What were expecting is trees that were affected by the weather patterns the most probably going to just drop leaves like we're already seeing," Dugan said.
Those include ash, cherry and walnut trees. Dugan said the less sunlight and more saturation leaves get, the less chance hidden pigments can show themselves, but there is a bright side.
"Trees that are stronger and held on, we expect them to have stronger colors because they made it through the season," Dugan said.
Oaks and hickories should shine, said Dugan, who added that southeastern Pennsylvania will have a longer, slower season. The Poconos, he said, will be shorter, but brighter.
"We do know with the weather coming this weekend we'll have some cool nights," said Dugan. "Cooler days, highs in the 60s, that's the extra kick that pushes trees into showing their colors."
The rain has caused some trees to develop a fungus, which causes brown blotching on leaves. Despite that, Dugan said this season should be an 8 out of 10 for color.