The next few weeks are shaping up to be the best time to see the fall colors in our area this year.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's 'Fall Color Report' from this morning, area counties and communities are reporting between 20 to 60-percent of trees having leaves changed colors. The best colors are currently reported in the Tomahawk and northern Langlade County areas where at least half the trees in these locations have had leaves changed. All other locations are reporting between 20 to 45-percent of trees changing colors. Local counties are estimating the colors to be at their peak during the first half of October.
Across the entire state, the best colors are out in the Eau Claire, Hayward and Park Falls areas, where around 80 to 100-percent of trees have changed colors and their peak is currently underway. Higher color percentages are also reported in northwest Wisconsin, with the lowest color changes in southern Wisconsin.
There has been some concern about how long the colors will last on the trees this fall. The drought and below average precipitation most of the state has gotten this spring and summer have created conditions where colors appear sooner and leaves may not last as long on trees. But for the next six days forecasters say the winds will be light and temperatures above freezing, so leaves should have a better chance of staying on the trees longer.