Lackluster Fall Colors
But, while driving along Missouri's roads, you'll notice there's not much color to talk about.
Ideal temperatures for pigments in the leaves to change to reds and purples are temperatures reaching highs in the mid 60's and lows in the mid 40's.
"Today we're having the weather that would really support good fall colors, but since we had severe drought last summer, that's really going to mute things," explained MU Forestry Professor Steve Pallardy. And the drought is still continuing. It's still not broken yet."
Pallardy expects the fall color we will see to peak the latter part of this month.
But because leaves will begin to steadily fall in mid to early November, the color we do see won't last very long.
He says Missouri hasn't had ideal weather conditions for bright fall colors since 2003.