| The Columbus Dispatch
Leaf peepers should find a traditional color season this fall.
In a year in which so much has been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forester Jamie Regula said one thing is still certain: Fall is here, and the leaves are changing with it.
Regula works most of the year as a state services forester, helping landowners manage their woodlands. But as autumn approached this year, Regula was bestowed the seasonal title of “Fall Color Forester.”
But what exactly does a Fall Color Forester do? And how do they predict how the leaves will change?
They look at lots and lots of data.
Any fall foliage predictions for a specific area begin with analyzing thousands of different data points on past weather conditions, average light exposure, latitude and altitude, and tree species.
Regula and her ODNR colleagues