READY TO GLOW. Keep an eye upward as you’re out in the field this fall for the changing of the colors on the various tree species in the state. We talk about how it happens and what to look for in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A stretch of roadside trees starts to show its fall color. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 9/9 – Fading Wind. Hi 80, Lo 59, Wind S@9.
Tomorrow: Mon 9/10 – Perfect Monday. Hi 79, Lo 55, Wind S@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
6:52AM 8:30PM 1:47PM 1:20AM
Moon Phase: New @ 1:01PM
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00PM. Moonset and sunset will provide a great Edge Hour with the new moon peaking.
COLORED UP. In the fall, due to shortening day length and temperature changes, chlorophyll in leaves begins to break down, and as this green substance fades, the remaining colors in leaves – reds, yellows, golds – come to the forefront, giving off the great autumn foliage seen going into October.
BETTER NOW. Drought conditions can greatly impact the vibrance and long-lasting nature of fall colors. Due to low moisture, the abscission layer on leaves can be thin, causing them to fall off sooner after a long, hot summer. Years like this one – with wet springs, ample moisture, and warm fall days and cool nights – can produce great autumn color shows.
WHERE TO GO. The river valleys of North Dakota often have some great fall color with yellow cottonwoods and ash trees along with deep-brown oaks and areas in both the Turtle Mountains and Pembina Hills have that Northwoods-type feel, with aspens, maples and other bright-leaved fall trees.
Enjoy the show and Stay Sharp!