How au­tumn col­ors kick into over­drive

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists say weather pat­terns be­fore and dur­ing the time fall col­ors be­come ev­i­dent af­fects when the leaves change and how vi­brant those col­ors are.

Ex­ces­sive rain­fall and soil mois­ture can be detri­men­tal to good fall color, and the Le­high Val­ley was soggy again this sum­mer. In fact, Al­len­town topped a list of the North­east’s ma­jor cli­mate sites for over­all sum­mer pre­cip­i­ta­tion, with 20.10 inches through Au­gust — 155% above nor­mal.

But the weather is just one fac­tor that in­flu­ences fall fo­liage. The ear­lier sun­sets (read: shorter days) are the main trig­ger for the leaves to be­gin their color

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