(CNN) - Fall officially begins this week, but prepare yourself. You may not see the usual fall foliage for long this year.
Droughts in some parts of the country will affect the color of foliage.
For instance, a lack of rain in the Northeast will cause trees - especially shallow-rooted ones like maples or birches - to go into survival mode. That means they may "shut down" early to prepare for winter.
This stressful condition causes leaves to turn brown and fall off before they reach their peak color.
The good news is you could see fall colors earlier than usual. The bad news is they won't last as long as previous years.
Not all areas of the Northeast will be drab.
Areas around Bangor, ME, and Burlington, VT, will be good spots for foliage viewing.