Minnesota’s drought conditions may mute some of the brilliant colors as the leaves change this fall.  The DNR’s Jennifer Teegarden says there is some conflicting research that on one hand suggests a drought can actually enhance the colors, but other research suggests severe drought like we’re experiencing will make those colors duller.

Teegarden says recent rainfall and any additional precipitation may be too late to save the colors, but she says it will help the trees as they prepare themselves for winter.