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Old 08-18-2009, 04:38 PM
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With this cold snap we're supposed to get this weekend I bet yours really turns red. Everything's still green in Fayetteville. I remember a fall that everything just turned brown, no color at all.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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The trees turn due to weak sunlight because of the decreasing angle of the sun's rays on the earth every fall. Cooler weather will bring out the color but it doesn't have as much to do with it as people think. If the sun is weaker this year due to the reasons mentioned above, then we will likely see color and peak well before we usually do. At this rate, I would say by mid-October at the latest.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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This occurs pretty much every year in the region and both june and july was still pretty dry and hot this year. Some species of trees are more sensitive than others. Most trees won't start changing until october in northwest Arkansas.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:06 PM
 
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This occurs pretty much every year in the region and both june and july was still pretty dry and hot this year. Some species of trees are more sensitive than others. Most trees won't start changing until october in northwest Arkansas.
This year has not been dry which is the puzzling thing. Its the maples that are turning and they usually do a pretty good job at surviving the summer unless its excesively dry. The oaks usually just turn brown this time of year if its dry.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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With the soil types around here it seems like it's never more than two weeks from a flood or droubt. My warm season grasses did turn brown so it's been dry enough.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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Some maple trees turn early, and bud earlier in the spring. It was my experience in SW Mo that a dry summer produced little color, the leaves died quickly and dropped early even though the temperature remained mild into late fall.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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Some trees here, mainly maples, also started turning their bright red color a couple of weeks ago but we have had a much cooler than normal summer. Hope that does not bode badly for the winter.
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