Talk Colorado Wine & Colorado's Wine Country: Fall Leaves May Turn Early This Year

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fall Leaves May Turn Early This Year

It's time for the aspens and willows to turn various hues of gold, orange and red. But according to the U.S. Forest Service, the fall color may come a week earlier this year, due to unseasonably cold weather. (Well, all right, it's seasonable, but a little darned early).

Under the headline, "Feeling and Looking Like Fall in Colorado Mountains, "9 News KUSA reporter Anita Dill writes:

"People in the high country may soon be putting away the lawn mowers the getting out the leaf blowers.

"The leaves are already starting to turn. Catherine Olsen lives in Twin Lakes in Lake County. She says she doesn't expect to be mowing her lawn for much longer.

"She says the leaves are already turning from green to gold and it won't be long until they are fully changed and fall off the trees.

"Floyd Freeman, a forester with the U.S. Forest Service, says the mountain vegetation has been getting plenty of water so the turning leaves are likely the result of cooler temperatures at night.

"Typically the best time to see fall foliage in the mountains is the last two weeks of September. This year, that peak may come early."

See the story here.

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