Short timeline for fall color viewing

Fall is a popular season with many people looking forward to the color change.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2017 5:02 AM
Updated: Oct. 5, 2017 5:02 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Fall is a popular season with many people looking forward to the color change. But this year, that color change may be short lived. Dana Gadeken from the Purdue Extension Office says it all depends on the previous season.

"Moderate rain, enough that our crops are getting enough water, our trees are getting enough water, and summer weather, so warm, warm weather."

But we didn't get that this summer. She says because of that, viewing weeks could be shortened.

"Three to four, if we're looking splendid we're getting five to six, but most of the time we're pretty average."

Gadeken says sugar in leaves are what make those colors pop, but sugars can't be made without water.

"If we have less sugar, then we can't make as many of those complexes, and I can't get those vibrant colors, and that kinda ties into if I don't have water I can't make sugar, if I can't have sugar I cant get those bright colors."

But our foliage isn't doomed yet. The weather can still turn itself around.

"If we have warm sunny days, and cool nights, then we're more likely to see a prolonged period of really bright colors."

Although the outlook for time isn't great, the colors should still show.

"Expect it to be moderate and be pleasantly surprised when it's beautiful."

Gadeken says we are entering prime time for colors to change, and it could start at any time.

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