St. Cloud’s Fall Color Change Hasn’t Yet Reached Its Peak
The Minnesota DNR says that fall colors are going to be pretty awesome this year! The main reason is because of all of the sunlight and rain we've been getting. The beautiful change in color is due to each leaf's own chemistry--chlorophyll, carotenoids, anthocyanins and tannis. The DNR says the chemistry determines the color.
Chlorophyll is responsible for the green color we see, carotenoids make up the yellow and oranges, anthocyanins produce the reds and purples and tannis makes the leaves turn brown.
We're not quite at our fall color peak for our area just yet! There's more beauty yet to come this fall. The Minnesota DNR says central Minnesota is at about 10-25 percent of our fall color change for the season. Parts of northern Minnesota are already experiencing about 50-75 percent of their peak color change.
You can keep up with the fall color change for your area by checking out the DNR's website!