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Dry, Warm Summer Could Impact Fall Colors

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UNDATED — It won’t be long and those fall colors will start popping up around Minnesota.

But, with a lack of rain in recent weeks and months, what impact will that have on the fall colors this fall?  Jana Albers is a DNR Forest Health Specialist in Grand Rapids. She says weather is critical in determining the fall colors. Albers says we could see less brilliant colors in the coming months because of the lack of rain.

The best recipe is when we have a warm, moist summer followed by a fall with cool sunny days and cooler nights.

Albers says there are also some leaf diseases this year which could make some of the leaves look brown and “krinkly”.

Albers says we are on pace for fall colors to start arriving in September and if you see leaves turning a dull brown or yellow, the tree is likely stressed and needs water.

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