PEAKING — Friday, September 22, officially marked the first day of Autumn but if it looks like tree leaves are changing colors earlier this year, it is not your imagination. The peak season for foliage color changes came earlier this year due to cooler night temperatures in August and heavier summer precipitation, meteorologists said. Cold night-time temperatures are a big factor when it comes to leaves changing colors, according to Pure, the state’s tourism web site, which is forecasting peak color to begin up to a week before the average annual projection. For a slide projection of expected 2017 color peaks statewide and best places to view it, see https://



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