This fall will be different than previous years because of the drought.
Drier than normal conditions have already had an impact on foliage and will continue to over the next couple of months.
Personally, I've noticed leaves for the past several weeks that are brown and on the ground in my yard. Each Saturday, I break out the leaf blower and will have to do the same this weekend. I don't recall ever seeing them change to a pretty yellow color like they did last year. :(
The lack of rainfall causes many trees, especially maples or birches to go into survival mode, "shutting down" and prepare for winter. This stressful condition causes leaves to turn brown and fall off before they reach their peak color.
The leaves that do change color will do so very briefly and with more muted colors than normal. So we'll probably see fall colors earlier than usual this year, and they won't last as long as previous years. This prediction is not only for Alabama but also Georgia and Tennessee.
Hoping we get rain soon,
Jill Gilardi WBRC First Alert Certified Meteorologist