Summer drought spells causes Fall Colors to be less vibrant.
Because of the dry hot summer here in Michigan our fall colors will be affected. Fall colors occur as a result of the breakdown of green pigments that reveals pigments that are accumulated in the leaves. In Michigan, Maples and Oak trees are among the trees that provide us with the most vibrant fall colors. When trees become stressed like they did over the summer, from high heat and lack of water, they will color early and have a lack of color.The trees are expected to drop their leaves earlier than usual also, again due to lack of water.In general we are seeing the season about a month earlier than normal. Each and every season becomes unique in its own way.