End of October is the peak fall foliage time

By: Megan McClellan

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Quick Facts

  • Temperatures and clouds can impact the strength of colors in the leaves
  • Leaves produce less chlorophyll with the amount of sunlight decreasing
  • Evergreen trees don't lose their leaves/needles in the fall/winter

 

When fall arrives, the amount of daylight decreases, temperatures start to come down and leaves start to fall off the trees and crunch underneath your shoes.

The amount of daylight and the temperatures play a role in the leaves changing color. As the daylight hours get shorter, the leaves have less sunlight to produce chlorophyll and eventually stop the chlorophyll production, allowing other pigments to show through, causing the leaves to change colors.

When there are several warm and sunny days followed by cool nights, the color of the leaves tend to have more red due to the production of different pigments.

The amount of rain seen in a year can also impact the colors of the leaves moving into fall.

FOX23 Meteorologist Brad Carl is digging into how Green Country's fall colors are doing and what else we can expect as temps cool down and daylight hours decrease.

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