LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's one of the most beloved times of the year in Arkansas. The time when fall colors pop up around the state, as leaves transition from their familiar green to shades of burnt red and bright yellow.
However, there's a possibility that this year's weather conditions could dim some of those bright, vibrant colors we love seeing. Since Arkansas had a very dry growing season with drought, the leaves could turn brown and drop from the trees earlier than normal. On the flip side, if we had too much rain, the leaves may have fallen before they fully developed color.
The most optimum conditions for colorful fall foliage are cool air, especially at night, with plenty of daytime sunshine. This results in the deep red and purple pigments. Having a moist growing season - from March through September - followed by a dry, sunny fall with cool nights is the best weather to produce an array of colors on the trees.
What do you think? Have you noticed fewer colors this year? Or are they as bright and vibrant as ever?
Be sure to check out the Fall Foliage photo gallery and upload your photos of leaves changing in Arkansas!
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