Tornados, Snow and Fall Color

June Lake Loop, Winter/Fall Contrast (10/22/12) Nicholas Barnhart

Despite this week’s early winter storm which dropped tornados and snow on Northern California, there still remains a lot of fall color yet to develop across California.

The storm knocked turned leaves from branches, though any that had not yet turned (mostly under 7,000′) will still show color once weather patterns return to warmer days and chill nights.  The storm is predicted to continue through Wednesday, so a prediction of its effect on fall color will have to wait until the storm passes.

June Lake (10/17/12) Alicia Vennos

In comparison, here’s a shot of June Lake taken this past week before the storm by Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos.