Fall Foliage Peepers Prepare

Multiple weather conditions will limit vividness of fall color in areas of Missouri.

Foresters with the Missouri Conservation Department are predicting a less colorful fall than normal. A triple whammy of weather catastrophes – an ice storm, Easter freeze and flooding -- have devastated many trees, especially in the Ozarks region.

“2007 has been a tough year for trees in the Show-Me State,” says Matt Seek, MDC Education Outreach coordinator. “Fall color is going to be patchy as a result.”

Fall foliage color normally peaks near the second or third week in October in Missouri. The exact timing depends on location and weather. The peak normally occurs approximately a week earlier in northern Missouri than in the southern part of the state, but unseasonably cold weather can hasten its arrival and departure. Likewise, warm weather can delay and extend the peak.

While the overall fall color outlook is below average, Seek emphasized that brilliant colors still will occur in some areas. And the outlook could improve if Missouri experiences warm days and cool nights between now and mid-October.

For more information about the best fall foliage sights, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/forest.

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