LA CROSSE —
Wisconsin biologists are predicting vibrant fall foliage
throughout the Coulee Region.
Experts say the
area has seen plenty of water during the spring and summer months,
but some observers wonder if continued rainfall and wind could
affect the brightness and duration of the colors, the La Crosse
plenty of water, so trees aren't super stressed like last
year," said Tim Gerber, a biology professor at the University
of Wisconsin-La Crosse. "With any luck, we'll get warm days
and cool nights, which means great color."
Some foliage is
already starting to turn, but the peak color period can't be
precisely determined. Gerber said once the season really gets
going, experts will try to pinpoint the peak through a combination
of guessing and monitoring.
a Monroe County forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources, agrees with Gerber.
of hard to tell," she said. "Right now, some of the
maples are turning. Maples turn red quick, and others two weeks
later. We had a lot of moisture, so I'm surprised the maples are
turning so fast."
Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report estimates the peak will
occur in the third week of October in La Crosse and its
thing about the peak is it's usually consistent," Gerber
said. "The one thing that's helpful is the plants can sense
time, when there is less daylight. It's odd, because we don't
think of them like animals, but they do sense the time
Trees have also
adapted to the area's weather so the harsh winter that carried
into spring shouldn't dull the color, according to Gerber.
everything started later, the interesting thing is whether we will
be having cooler weather — or maybe an extended summer,"
Gerber said. "It's like a crapshoot."