Fall officially started over the weekend and the forecast is evident of that as we're having a steady battle of cool days and warm days in KELOLAND. It's all a sign of the changing of the seasons. In turn, the leaves are starting to change too as trees prepare for the upcoming cooler weather.
The full green leaves you see in the summer are because the leaves make sugar, which is food for the tree to survive. The colors we see in the autumn come out when there's less daylight and cooler nights. This causes the leaves to make less food, as the tree prepares for winter. It's a process we see through autumn's colorful leaf show. This is all a result of the make-up of the leaf, the length of daylight and of course, the weather.
A summer drought can delay the onset of the fall colors while warm temperatures in the fall will lower the intensity of autumn colors. The best colors come out after a warm wet spring, a summer with average weather and warm, sunny fall days with cool nights.
So enjoy Mother Nature's colorful show while it's here, because when the leaves fall, we know the snow may not be far behind.