Finally, fall color: Warmer temps prompt delay of autumn display

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

After a cool, wet summer followed by unseasonably warm temperatures in September, area leaf peepers should begin seeing good autumn color this week, much like the scene shown from last fall in the Cedar River area. 

REGION – A month ago, all the experts said that this year's spectacular autumn show would be early in northern Michigan. 

But it wasn't. In fact, after the recent weeks of abnormally warm weather, the golds, reds and bright yellows of fall are late. 

But, as Mother Nature is now finally beginning to display her annual coat of many colors across the higher portions of Antrim and Kalkaska counties, experts are saying that this year's fall color show will be worth the wait.

The full spectrum of autumn color throughout northern Michigan typically follows a time frame that puts peak color in early- to mid-October north in Antrim and Kalkaska counties. But the cooler summer with abundant rain, and arrival of “summer” temperatures in September, is playing a part this year, according to Jim Radabaugh, manager of the Michigan DNR's Forest Management Division's recreation and trails section in Gaylord.

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