Fall colors: When to expect peak season across Miami Valley parks

MIAMI VALLEY — It’s that time of year again when the days and nights turn cooler, the air is damp with on and off again rain showers, the sun has a mild warmth against the cool breeze and the nights get longer. Yep, it’s fall or autumn, whichever tickles your fancy.

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All of those changes to the atmosphere and the sensible weather is perfect for the leaves to change colors. As trees shut down their food production, the green in the leaves or chlorophyll begins to fade and we see the other colors. These colors are produced by anthocyanin, carotene and xanthophyll. Big words but powerful chemicals to give our landscape and aesthetic autumn wonderland.

Typically, we start to see the changing of the leaves in late September, but it’s not until late October that they reach their peak across most of the Miami Valley. It can be a little sooner in the northern Miami Valley, where the temperatures are cooler, and a little later in the southern Miami Valley, where the temperatures are warmer.

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Currently, all of our area parks are seeing the changing of the color of the leaves. For those who love to take walks or pictures and videos to enjoy this phenomenon, the upcoming weeks should be a treat for you. Of course, don’t forget to share your beautiful pictures and videos with us here at NewsCenter 7 on social media.