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Page updated: September 17, 2014

Fall Foliage Report map

The "Fall Foliage Report" was a mostly taped segment where an OCM would talk about the fall foliage conditions across the country.

A map of conditions or recent video of the trees in certain areas would accompany the presentation.

The map showed the conditions as either "some color," "near peak," or "past peak."

There were generally two maps. One showing the eastern states, and the other showing the western states.

The segment would show up with the first reports of color in early fall, and end when most of the country was near or past peak conditions.

A new report was filed about once a week.

During the first year (1988), OCM Dave Watson presented the segment in front of the map, followed by a list of recommended routes and areas for "leaf peeping."

The following year brought a new presenter, Jim Cantore.

Jim would be the primary narrator until The Weather Channel retired the segment in 1995.

With Jim as the narrator, the report turned from a taped studio feature to a taped narrated one.

The maps were accompanied by video highlighting areas with "near peak" conditions.

If Jim was ever on vacation during this time, another OCM would take the hosting duties in the studio.

Below is a near-complete list of the songs that were used each year.


Network Music - Imagination


Special EFX - A Place In The Sun
Chick Corea Elektric Band - Trance Dance
Alphonse Mouzon - Early Spring
Vince Guaraldi - Linus And Lucy
Max Groove - Crystal Dawn


Mark O'Connor - Light The Fire
The Rippingtons - Dreams
Pat Metheny Group - Slip Away
David Benoit - Linus And Lucy
David Benoit - Tropical Breeze
The Rippingtons - Welcome To The St. James' Club


John Nilsen - Parkway
The Rippingtons - Aspen
Mark Sloniker - Bright Wish
Mark Sloniker - Harpo's Tune


Tingstad & Rumbel - Hanging In Babylon
David Benoit - Things Are Getting Better


The Rippingtons - Tourist In Paradise


The Rippingtons - Tourist In Paradise


Network Music - Highway 101

And here are some video clips of the "Fall Foliage Report."