Good Year For Fall Color Possible 12 Sep 11

This could be an especially good year to see fall colors in Minnesota. State officials say recent weather conditions and ample rainfall bode well for a colorful autumn. A DNR spokesperson says she has seen little sign of wide-scale insect damage or tree disease, and that a drought has been limited to far northeastern Minnesota. That’s good news for trees, although the weather in the next few weeks could be key. If it gets cold too fast, colors could fade more quickly. A prolonged drought could dampen colors and cause leaves to shrivel. And heavy winds and rain could quickly strip trees of leaves. Fall colors are already showing in northern parts of the state.