Rapid Cool Down Means Rare Chance For Burst Of Fall Colors

A lot of different types of trees will change at the same time, when they normally would be on different schedules

Melinda Roeder
October 16, 2018 - 10:01 am

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PITSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The wet summer and fall caused a lot of concern, and fungal outbreaks, for trees in southwestern Pennsylvania.

But that, combined with this week's cold snap, is creating optimal conditions for colorful fall leaves, according to Environmental Specialist Ryan Reed.

“Typically what we see when you have such a rapid cool down and then you have a concentrated series of days that that cool weather persists that will synchronize peak for a lot of species.”

Reed adds the rapid cool down should cause a lot of different types of trees to change at the same time, when they normally would be on different schedules.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says local leaves will be most colorful between this Thursday and next Wednesday which is a week or two later than normal for this area.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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