DNR predicts 'brilliant' fall colors season

7:14 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota will be painted in spectacular hues of red, yellow and orange, if the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) fall colors forecast is accurate.

"We're predicting it will be a brilliant fall color season," said Patricia Arndt, communications and outreach manager for the Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Trails. "Although it's been dry lately, the trees got adequate rain earlier this season. Now we just need a combination of sunny days and cool nights in the weeks ahead to bring out the fall colors."

Waves of color will roll across Minnesota's forests and prairies over the next seven or eight weeks, and the DNR's Parks and Trails Division encourages families to get out and enjoy them.

The statewide fall color report is updated every Thursday by staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. These reports include percent of color change, peak color projections and three state park or trail destinations considered "hot picks" of the week.

Fall colors typically peak between mid-September and early October in northern third of the state, between late September and early October in central third and between late September and mid-October in southern third (which includes Twin Cities).

Fall color programs are listed in the free "Feel the 'Wow' of Fall" brochure at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, Twin Cities libraries and REI stores and the Parks and Trails kiosk across from food court at Rosedale Center.

The DNR offers fall colors "to go" on a mobile website compatible with smart phones and tablets. These reports include percent of color change, integrated with Google maps.

To access the mobile site, scan the QR code at http://mndnr.gov/mobile or visit tp://mndnr.gov/mobile/fall_colors and bookmark the site on a smart phone or other mobile device.


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