🍁 Our fall foliage forecast
Temperatures are dropping, it's getting darker earlier and the smell of pumpkin spice has been wafting from coffee shops for weeks.
Yes, but: No matter what the calendar says, for us it's not officially fall until the leaves change.
- Color should peak by Oct. 24 for about a week. By Halloween, it'll start to dull.
The intrigue: That is, if our always unpredictable weather cooperates.
- Last year's unseasonably warm fall convinced many trees it was still summer well into October. A delayed display of reds, yellows and oranges appeared only briefly before winter struck.
How it works: As the days shorten and temperatures drop, trees sense winter is coming and stop producing chlorophyll, their green pigment that turns light into food.
- The remaining pigments let leaves show their true colors.
What they're saying: "Sunny days and cool nights, that's the key recipe for the best fall colors," David Parrott, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, tells Axios.
- Mostly normal summer rainfall helps too, so this fall's forecast is "looking very good."
What we're watching: ODNR publishes a fall color progress map to help with planning leaf-peeping trips. They'll start posting weekly video updates next week, Parrott says.
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