Summer heat, rains put early color in fall

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Posted: October 11, 2012

The Winchester Star

Howard Bailey (left) and Bob Gibson, both of Stephens City, enjoy a fall bike ride beneath maples already dressed for fall. They were pedaling a loop ride around town, including a trip through the parking lot at Sherando High School where this picture was taken. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
The sun peeks through turning leaves along Valley Pike south of Middletown. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

Winchester — A higher than average rainfall and hotter than normal August have combined for early changes in fall leaf color that are on track to peak at the end of the month.

The fall leaves are...



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