An interactive map is now helping people plan their trips to admire the USA’s beautiful fall foliage at its best. Based on an algorithm that can process millions of data pieces in real time in conjunction with data from previous years, the map provides remarkably accurate predictions for the whole country.
Like cherry blossom in springtime, the annual changing of the leaves is a fleeting phenomenon. Timing a visit to catch the fall foliage at its peak can be tricky, however, which is why the website SmokyMountains.com has created an interactive map offering peak foliage predictions for every county in the USA. “Each year, we use a proprietary algorithm to process millions of data pieces and output accurate predictions for the entire country,” the site’s co-founder, Wes Melton, told Travel and Leisure.
This wealth of data is then outputted as 50,000 pieces of predictive data on the map. “It’s the perfect intersection of our passions and is our favorite project of the year,” added Melton. The algorithm used to create the map takes into consideration factors such as rainfall and temperature for each area and combines it with historical data from previous years.
“The temperature data supplied by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is one of the most important factors and now leaf map users can easily visualize the impact of regional precipitation on peak fall dates,” Melton went on to explain.
Where to go this fall?
While the best time to catch the fall foliage depends on future rainfall, Travel and Leisure has a few surefire recommendations to make, including a trip to Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains or New York’s Finger Lakes.
Other recommended destinations are the Smokies in Tennessee, the Ozarks in Arkansas, and the states of Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire, which are always popular with tourists at this time of year.
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