CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Fall officially started Thursday, which means it's time to start looking for those fall colors! We're beginning to see the leaves change in a few spots across the Tri-State, including Devou Park in Covington.
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Leaves change color as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler. This causes the production of chlorophyll, which reflects green light, to go down. Without the chlorophyll, the other compounds in the leaves take over and we actually see their true color.
Because our temperatures are still so far above average, the change of colors is expected to be slightly delayed this year, but not dramatically. Green will dominate for the next couple of weeks, but by the beginning of October, we should start to see more shades of yellow showing up. By mid-October, fall colors will be peaking across northern Ohio. The best colors in the Tri-State will likely be during the final week of October.
By the time we get into early November, the richest colors will be gone and the leaves will begin falling much more quickly.
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