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Drought 2021 could make for dull fall foliage

Aug 13, 2021 06:05AM ● By Editor

Photo: KBJR-TV

By Meteorologist Alex Libby from KBJR-TV - August 12, 2021

Believe it or not, fall is right around the corner.

For Janelle Jones the Executive Director of Lovin' Lake County it's the best time of the year.

"We always look forward to fall leaves on the Northshore," said Jones.

But many are wondering what this year's extreme drought will mean for our fall colors.

Well, in years past during drought conditions the trees would turn earlier and the colors would be a little less vibrant.

Jasper Padrnos a tourist visiting from Rochester Minnesota has never been up here in the fall, but he doesn't think an earlier fall color season would deter him from coming.

"Not necessarily, I think there are a lot of things to do up here, whether that be exploring the outdoors or the city," said Padrnos.

Brieanna Sauders from the Twin Cities came up with her parents and she disagrees.

"If you want to come up here to see beautiful colors, and if they're not really here, then what's the point of coming up here," said Saunders.

Jones said she is hoping for the best and is expecting long lines of cars along Highway 61 this fall.

"I don't think the vibrancy will make that big of a difference. We have so many leaves and so much to offer up here. I think everyone loves to come up here and enjoy the weather and it's going to be gorgeous no matter what," said Jones.

With the dry conditions, when the leaves do turn, it won't last long.

Here are Minnesota and Wisconsin's foliage maps.

To see the original post and a video version of this story, follow this link to the KBJR-TV website.

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