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The Wabash Valley should be seeing less green and more yellows, oranges and reds.
It’s been unseasonably warm. We’ve not had our first light frost. Temperatures are above normal for this time of year.
Rainfall is about average. We need sunny days and clear, chilly nights for leaves to begin changing.
We’re just about there.
October 18th we should start to see more colors. This change should last through the week of of the 25th, then we’re past peak.
So, why do leaves change color? Cooler weather causes the tree’s chlorophyll to break down, leaving other chemicals that cause color changes.
Bright colors are more likely when late summer is dry and autumn has sunny days and cool nights. July and August were below normal on rainfall.
Pretty colors yes, falling leaves can be hazardous.
Stopping distances on a dry road at 40 miles-an-hour, 80-feet. On a wet road, double the stopping distance to 160. Wet leaves and we’re not stopping until 250-feet.

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