Despite a long-lasting national heat wave, weather experts predict that well-nourished trees resulting from beneficial wet-weather patterns may position Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains to be among the best destinations from which to view the 2012 fall foliage.

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This year, biologists and naturalists in Western North Carolina and the Asheville area are in agreement that seasonal weather patterns and early climate indicators may trigger the most colorful leaf season in years.

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Each fall, Virginia’s leaves turn brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange and the Commonwealth becomes a popular destination for those who enjoy viewing the splendor of autumn foliage.

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