Experts say the weather this month will make for brilliant fall foliage. Cold, rainy weather last week and warm, sunny weather this week allows the leaves to turn colors under perfect circumstances. Leaves start changing color in Michigan in September in the Upper Peninsula. The oranges, yellows and reds move south through the Lower Peninsula in October.
Forestry professors say dry weather this summer is causing some trees to lose their leaves earlier than usual, but those that are hanging in there are vibrant.
There are two processes by which leaves change colors. Some trees store the sugar in their leaves, starting the process. Other types have chemicals in the leaves that cause the change.
Tourism officials say fall is a big travel time in Michigan. Many couples get out and enjoy the cooler weather and take a fall color tour, too. More information can be found at www.michigan.org.