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Lack luster fall foliage color expected in parts of Missouri

Date: October 2, 2006
By: Rachel Bunning
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Missourians looking for spectacular fall leaves may not find them in some parts of the state.

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The recent drought continues to affect nature in Missouri. Justine Gartner Supervisor of Forestry Programs at the Department of Conservation says don't expect bright colors in central and southwest Missouri. 

Gartner says there will be some color, but nothing compared to previous years.

Actuality:  LEAVES2.WAV
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Description: Justine Gartner, from the Department of Conservation, explains why color will still appear and states it will not compare to previous years.
 
Delays can also be expected in the actual leaf changing process.  Gartner says that warm temperatures during the day will delay the color change by a few days.
 
Missourians not in the central and southwest parts of the state can still expect to see vivid leaf colors this fall season.
 
From the capitol, I'm Rachel Bunning.
 
 

 

 

 


Intro:  The aftermath of the recent drought in Missouri can be seen on leaves in some parts of the state.

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The Forestry Supervisor at the Department of Conservation says expect drab leaves this fall in parts of Missouri.

Forestry Supervisor Janine Gartner explains.

Actuality:  LEAVES.WAV

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Description: Gartner explains leaf color in southwest Missouri will not be as good when compared to other years.

Gartner says the difference in evening and morning temperatures affects the fall leaf color even more than the drought.

Warm day temperatures means a delay in the actual leaf changing process.

Not all parts of Missouri will see a color change. Missourians not in the central and southwest parts of the state should still experience a bright and colorful fall.

From the capitol, I'm Rachel Bunning.


Intro: Some parts of Missouri will experience a less scenic fall season because of the recent drought.

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The Department of Conservation's Forestry Supervisor Janine Gartner says warmer days means a delay in the leaves changing.

But that may not be the only thing affecting Missouri's fall scenery.

 

Actuality:  LEAVES3.WAV
Run Time: 00:13
Description: Gartner explains that temperature change and rainfall also affect Missouri's fall color.

Gartner says not to expect bright leaf colors in central and southwest Missouri because of the affects of the recent drought.

Missourians not in these areas should still expect to see vivid and colorful foliage this fall.

From the capitol, I'm Rachel Bunning.


Intro:  The recent drought means less vibrant leaf colors in parts of Missouri RunTime:
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If you're planning on traveling to look at the changing fall leaves, you might want to avoid central and southwest Missouri.

The Department of Conservation's Forestry Supervisor Justine Gartner says the color won't compare to years past.

Actuality:  LEAVES4.WAV
Run Time: 00:17
Description: Gartner says what colors southwest Missouri should expect and goes on to say it won't be as spectacular as Missourians would expect.

Gartner says Missourians not in the most drought-affected areas of the state should still expect to see colorful leaves.

Changes in temperatures and rainfall also affect fall colors.

From the capitol, I'm Rachel Bunning.