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