Spring Freeze Delays Fall Foilage
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Spring Freeze Delays Fall Foilage

Date: October 30, 2007
By: Carly Robertson
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: If you've noticed that it's late for the leaves to be changing this far into fall, you're not wrong.

Carly Robertson has more on this delay in color.

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A late freeze in April has set things back in Mother Nature's schedule.

But Bruce Moltzan with the Missouri Department of Conservation says you can still expect to see a colorful fall.

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Description: "This late season frost means that things might be a little spotty and not going as uniformly as it should."


Because of temperature differences and sunlight exposure the northern part of the state sees foliage before southern areas.

This means areas such as Mid-Missouri can expect to see the full effect starting this week.

Moltzan says at this point this delay shouldn't affect spring blooms.  

From Jefferson City, I'm Carly Robertson.

 


Intro: As you drive down the road you may notice Missouri's hillsides aren't bursting with their usual fall color.

Carly Robertson is in Jefferson City and has more on this delay in fall foliage.   

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Bruce Moltzan with the Department of Conservation says it was the late freeze last April that delayed the fall foliage.

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Description:"Most of the trees in the South part of the state had started to bud and these were well on their way and this severe frost hit and what that did is it set things back."

This freeze caused many of the trees to lose their buds,putting a delay on when you can expect to see fall foliage.

Moltzan says since the days are getting shorter,leaves will now begin to change although the color may be a little spotty in some areas.

The southern part of the state can expect to see peak colors in the next few weeks. 

From Jefferson City, I'm Carly Robertson