Find out when the fall foliage will peak with this handy tracker

(HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of smokeymountains.com)
(Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of smokeymountains.com)

The Smokey Mountains website has released the 2018 Fall Foliage Prediction Map.

They call it the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves.

Residents around the nation can use the map to find out where and when the leaves will begin to turn.

The map runs through Nov. 19.

A few other things you can keep an eye on with this tracker are average U.S. temperatures since 1900 and the process behind the leaves changing their color.

According to the Smokey Mountains website, as average temperatures continue to slowly increase, their effect on precipitation patterns and weather will have an impact on the brightness and length of the fall color season across the U.S.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.