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Why New England hasn’t reached peak foliage yet

Many tourist destinations are still waiting for the leaves to burst into color.

Anne McGrail, of Weymouth, took pictures of the fall foliage in the Blue Hills Reservation. Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe

If you went leaf peeping over Columbus Day weekend, you may have been wondering where all the color was hiding.

“We’re not at peak yet,’’ Lieutenant Tom Bender, a district ranger at Blue Hills Reservation, told The Boston Globe. “I’d say only about 30 percent of our leaves have turned. It will probably be another three or four weeks before we peak.’’

Many other tourist destinations are still waiting for the leaves to burst into color as well. A warm summer with less-than-average rainfall has contributed to this fall’s delay, Hayden Frank, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, told the Globe.

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