Updated: November 15, 2021 07:43 AM
Created: September 16, 2020 11:27 AM
Update for November 15:
Past peak conditions are taking over the Northland.
The continuing drought is expected to result in an early color change season. The stress on trees from the prolonged dry conditions may cause some leaves to change sooner with less brilliant colors, and some trees may skip the change altogether with leaves changing directly to brown and falling off.
Typical peak colors in the Northland ranges from mid-September to early October with the change occurring earlier moving north. With the drought taken into consideration, it is possible that much of the Northland will reach peak between the last two weeks of September and the first week of October.
For more fall color information visit: Minnesota DNR
Why do leaves change colors? Leaves appear green because of chlorophyll. As days become shorter and cooler weather sets in, chlorophyll breaks down to reveal other chemicals, such as xanthophyll, carotene, and anthocyanin, resulting in a spectrum off yellows, oranges, and reds.
Bright colors are more likely when late summer is dry and autumn has sunny days and cool nights. Both of these trends have been present in recent Northland weather, working in our favor for a brilliant display in the next several weeks.
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