Delay in changing leaves has minimal impact on tourism

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IT DEFINITELY FEELS LIKE FALL…BUT IT DOESN’T REALLY LOOK LIKE IT YET… LORI THE DRY WEATHER AND RECENT LACK OF RAIN…CAUSING A DELAY IN THE BEAUTIFUL COLORS WE SEE AS THE LEAVES CHANGE.. BO NEW AT FOUR.. WATE 6 ON YOUR SIDE REPORTER KIRSTIE CRAWFORD..CHECK ING TOURIST HOT SPOTS TO FIND OUT HOW THE LACK OF COLOR MIGHT AFFECT TRAVELERS’ PLANS. “THE MOUNTAINS ARE GORGEOUS. THE LEAVES, THEY’RE NOT REALLY CHANGING LIKE WE WOULD’VE HOPED BUT UM…THAT STILL DOESN’T TAKE AWAY FROM JUSTT THE VIEW YOU GET WHEN YOU STAND UP HERE.” “I HAVE A POSTER OF CADES COVE, I THINK KEN JENKINS TOOK, AND IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND UM, I CAN NEVER CATCH THAT!” THE LEAVES IN SEVIER COUNTY…SOME STARTING TO TURN…BUT MOST EITHER STILL GREEN OR DEAD. THE DRY AIR AND LACK OF RAIN…PARTLY TO BLAME. BRAD BEATLES….A PILOT WITH SCENIC TOURS…SAYS THE LACK OF COLOR SEEMS TO BE AFFECTING THEIR BUSINESS SLIGHTLY FOR FALL BREAK. “USUALLY THIS IS A PRETTY BUSY WEEK FOR US, BUT I THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE UM LEAVES AREN’T CHANGING QUITE YET.” THIS MAP FROM THE 6 ON YOUR SIDE STORM TEAM…SHOWING THAT LEAF COLORS ARE EXPECTING TO CHANGE ABOUT A WEEK LATER THIS YEAR. THOSE REDS AND ORANGES NOT COMING THROUGH UNTIL THE FIRST OF NOVEMBER. “PART OF THE REASON WHY YOU COME TO THE SMOKIES THIS LATE IN THE YEAR.” EVEN THOUGH COLORFUL VIEWS ARE WHAT PEOPLE WANT RIGHT NOW…IT’S NOT STOPPING THEM FROM ENJOYING EAST TENNESSEE. “THE DIVERSITY WE HAVE HERE IN OUR AIRCRAFT, UH I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT TIME, REGARDLESS OF THE TREES. IT’S JUST THE TREES ARE A BONUS IF YOU COME TO THE END OF OCTOBER, BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.” “I THINK WE’RE GONNA DO IT ANYWAY. WE’RE GOING TO DO CADES COVE ONE DAY…AND THE ROARING FORK. WE’RE JUST WAITING FOR THE RAIN.” KIRSTIE CRAWFORD WATE 6 ON YOUR SIDE. BO: ANOTHER FACTOR AT PLAY… DAMAGE FROM THE 2016 WILDFIRES… THE TREES STILL RECOVERING FROM THAT DISASTER. LORI: TOURISTS WE SPOKE WITH TODAY POINTED OUT THAT SOME VIEWS HAVE CHANGED – DUE TO THE LONG-LASTING IMPACT. LORI OUR STORM TEAM KEEPING UP WITH WHEN WE MIGHT SEE MORE SIGNS OF FALL..


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