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We're still four weeks away from the first day of fall, and usually the days of seeing the changing of the colors in the trees is still a few more weeks beyond that. With everything going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, we seem to be spending more time taking the little drives around the area and venturing out on more day trips. So will we have more plentiful autumn colors this year?

It seems as if we've experienced more rainfall this year compared to some previous years. Do you thing it will make a difference in the changing colors of the leaves this Fall?

In about six to seven weeks is when you start to really see the changing of the colors in the trees in our area.

To help you enjoy the fall foiliage, each year the Missouri Department of Conservation offers weekly online fall color updates from agency foresters all over the state.

The peak of fall color in Missouri is usually around mid-October. This is when maples, ashes, oaks, and hickories are at the height of their fall display. Normally by late October, the colors are fading and the leaves beginning to drop from the trees. Fall color is usually finished by the middle of November.

The progression of color change starts earliest in northern Missouri and moves southward across the state. Generally, the color change is predictable, but it can vary from year to year. Much depends on the weather.

So let's cross our fingers for a vibrant display of colors this Fall!