Science of the Season

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Fall colors are appearing everywhere we look. It’s no doubt we’re in the autumn season, but what’s the science behind this colorful change.

It’s a welcomed sound beneath our feet.

“We’ve noticed the leaves are starting to change, he loves crunching the dried leaves, ‘uh huh’ he says,” Park goer Debbie Guenzel said.
    
“I love all the trees turning color, who doesn’t,” Beth Ludema said.

“I really just like the colors the most, I love how the leaves fall,” Park goer Katelyn Williams said.

The different hues of orange, red and yellow are just now showing their brilliance this autumn season, but they’ve actually been in the leaf all along.

The fall season is finally upon us, and while many of us enjoy the vibrant scene, there’s actually a science behind the falling leaves.

Tom cummins, owner of the Apple House says it all has to do with the amount of sunlight trees absorb.

 “As the days shorten up, the trees, the leaves in the trees have the inability to continue to create adequate amount of Chlorophyll which is what gives them their green color,” Cummins said.

As the sun rises later and sets at an earlier time. The loss of chlorophyll means  the trees and plants will not thrive.

 “Actually those colors you see in the fall are in that leaf, they’re just covered up by the green in the summer,” Cummins said.

Weather conditions throughout the summer are typically associated with fall’s performance, and this year it looks like the colors will peak later in the month, so we can enjoy the fall festivities a little longer.

 “Being able to get out with my grandson and enjoy the parks and enjoy this beautiful weather,” Guenzel said.

“We go on like a big hayride and we have all these fall treats and stuff, it’s kind of cool,” Williams said.

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