Fall colors delayed due to high summer heat

Seymour (WQOW) – Fall is right around the corner, but the trees don’t want to let go of their green.

Green Oasis, a year-round garden center in Chippewa Falls, has taken notice. Staff said, usually this time of year, the trees begin showing their vibrant fall colors: yellow, red and orange. But the lasting summer heat is slowing the process.

“With the warm temperatures, I think the leaves are still going strong,” said Patty Marten, retail manager for Green Oasis. “With our crazy spring that we had, I mean basically we went from winter and then it was instantly summer, we didn’t have that transition. So, I think things are still off a little kilter that way too.”

Saturday reached a high of 90, and Sunday, the upper 80s. But the high heat may not be a bad thing. Marten said warm summers like this cause fall colors to become more vibrant, especially once the cooler mornings and evenings move in. But high heat isn’t the only thing impacting Wisconsin’s colorful Autumns. Marten said if the weather becomes cold and rainy, the leaves will wilt, and the colors will fade.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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