Area Trees Starting To Show Fall Colors

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - You're probably noticing some leaves starting to change, but after the hot, dry summer will the fall foliage be vibrant this year?

During the height of our record hot summer and drought many forecasters predicted trees would continue in their survival mode and not off much color this fall.

But in the last couple of weeks we've seen a lot of rain and cooler temperatures.

So is this enough to salvage the fall colors?

The fall colors are usually at their peak in late October into November.  But the leaves may begin changing colors in the next week or two.

The Missouri Botanical Garden points out the mild winter and early spring caused trees to bloom much earlier.  So the leaves are ready to fall off.

We saw lots of rain in September, and the experts say that helps.  But for some trees, it may be too little too late.

There is one thing, however, that could help give us a little more color.

A frost could also help bring out the colors.

The experts say that the chlorophyll, which causes the green color of the leaves, starts to break down and exposes the red or orange pigments.