Despite late summer drought, fall colors on full display - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Despite late summer drought, fall colors on full display

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WSIL --  While many thought dry weather would ruin this years fall colors, the trees have really been on full display for the last two weeks.

"It looked like we weren't going to get a lot of color this year, but all of a sudden, it's come on quickly," explained Benjamin Snyder, IDNR district forester. "We've had a little moisture. We've got some better conditions."

Reds, oranges, and a whole lot of yellow are on full display.

"Some of the oaks, some of the maples, hickory's tend to be nice and yellow," said Snyder. "We see bright colors from the understory trees such as the dogwoods. Sweet gum are often times purple."

Trees in the underbrush started to drop their leaves early this fall. Predicting how the fall colors will look often becomes complex with a lot variables.

"Every year is a little bit different," said Snyder. "It really depends on a number of conditions. Soil moisture, the temperatures, and kind of the weather plays into how good, or how the fall colors turn out to be."

Early freezes can turn the leaves brown quickly, and a lot of wind can determine how long the leaves stay on the trees.

This late in the season, the colorful leaves don't stick around for very long. Another hard freeze will have many falling off in no time.

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