Map of peak fall colors in Minnesota, Wisconsin

- As we are now past the Great Minnesota Get Together and back into classrooms, that means fall is just around the corner.  Arguably, the best part of fall is the changing of the leaves, and this year could be one of the best.  Mild temperatures and opportune rainfall has led to very healthy vegetation through the course of the summer which should mean some pretty spectacular fall colors. 

To keep the trees happy and healthy through the summer, you need warm days, mild nights and consistent rainfall.  This summer, we have had all 3 in most cases which should lead to some long lasting and brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds when the leaves begin to change.  There are still many variables that can attribute to a lack luster year like an early freeze or a dry few weeks ahead.  But providing the rain falls every so often and the temperatures hold near normal, we could be in for a very colorful few weeks. 

When do the colors typically peak? This map should help.

In northern Minnesota, it can be as early as mid-September, but most locations don’t get that peak color until the first part of October.  For the metro and much of central and southern Minnesota, it’s usually somewhere in the middle to latter part October that those colors peak along with much of the rest of the Upper Midwest.  Here is where the colors stand right now according to the DNR…

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