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Fall Color Apps

The annual fall foliage show is now underway as trees across North America begin turning color. Our tech guru PC Mike Wendland has some online resources available that can make your fall color roadtrips even more fun.

The original fall foliage app is Leaf Peeper. It used to be heavily tilted only towards the New England area but now has reports from across the US. Users record their “peeps,” rating the fall color as turning, peak or past their prime. There’s a map that lets you zero in n specific areas. Free for Apple and Android devices.

The Weather.com website has a handy fall color feature. Click on your region of the country and then and your exact location and you’ll get a map showing you the current conditions.

My absolute favorite app for this sort of stuff is Audubon Trees. This app has over 700 North American trees in its database and you can identify them by their leaves, cones, or seeds. There are places to add your own notes and you can pull up maps showing the ranges of various tree species. Only downside for this app – which works on all mobile platforms – is its $4.99 price.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.