Colorado trees changing colors early

9NEWS @ 9. 9/7/2016

KUSA - “Magical” is how one person described the transformation of the Colorado Rockies. It’s subtle at first, but Mother Nature isn’t wasting any time.

“It’s interesting,” 9NEWS Chief Meteorologist Kathy Sabine said, “because this year, we’re getting reports the leaves are changing early. The leaves have already begun the change process, probably about a week earlier than average.”

Viewers have sent in photos of some aspens in the Rocky Mountains that have fully transformed into shimmering gold colors.

Just a few days ago, a Princes Kay Plumtree began turning at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where even brighter colors are expected.

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“The drought helps some of the colors be just a little brighter,” horticulturalist Cindy Newlander said.

Typically, colors peak in the northern mountains between Sept. 15 and Sept. 25. The central mountains peak the last week of the month. For the southern mountains, it’s the first week of October.\

“The color there is spectacular in mid-October,” Sabine said,” if we don’t get a big cold snap or a big wet snowstorm to take those leaves down.”

Let’s hope not.

The colors may have arrived a little early, but many people are hoping they stay around a lot longer.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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