Now that fall is here, what better time to take a visual tour of some of the satellite imagery NASA has gathered over the years? The burnt oranges of the changing landscape will have you thinking pumpkins in no time! On Oct. 22, 2012, NASA's Aqua satellite snapped this shot of the Mid-Atlantic area, stretching from New York to Washington, D.C. and points west. The redder areas of forest are largely oak trees in the Appalachians.
Here's a great comparison to bring home the fall foliage point. This image gives a satellite-eye view of the northern Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania, on Oct. 8, 2010, all decked out in green forestry. Check out the next slide to see the change that took place after just five more days of fall.
Here's the same view, five days later on Oct. 13, 2010. The forests got rid of their greens and took on an orange hue.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite took this picture of the area north of Anchorage, Alaska in late-Sept. 2010.
Here are the Adirondack and Green Mountains on Nov. 8, 2009. This time of year, in that region, the fall leaf season is almost over. The browns are mountains, the golds valleys of farmland.
The mountains of central Pennsylvania show off their fall colors in this image from Dec. 3, 2008.
The East Coast of the United States stands in for this Oct. 12, 2008 shot. The orange of the chillier north could not make for a clearer contrast with the lower, greener regions.
On Sept. 23, 2007, forests along the eastern shore of Lake Superior were already well on their way to making the switch from summer to fall.
Let's take a look at another before and after picture. Here we see the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region in the summer of 2006. The mid-July greens were a distant memory by the time our next picture was taken.
Same where. Different when. The Mid-Atlantic has succumbed to fall's cooler temperatures, leaving a map of orange for satellites to admire.
In our final pictures, let's hone in on a region that makes its fall foliage worth the long drives some people make to see it. In this picture, thanks to an imager on NASA's Terra satellite, we see New England on Sept. 12, 2001. The picture captures Canada's Quebec and New Brunswick provinces (upper left and right, respectively) and then takes in everything from Maine down toward Massachusetts. The trees hadn't yet decided to change color, but they did just that in our final slide.
By Oct. 9, 2001, New England had its serious fall foliage game face on.