Fall 2014 could produce the best tree colors in years

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These might be the best fall colors in years. Get out and enjoy as colors peak over the next week. A few windy days have taken a toll but here are some of the contributing factors as to why this fall's colors are popping.

A cool year - this is the coolest year to date in Indianapolis since 1979 and the average temperature ranks #4 coolest all time.  The past 3 years, heat and drought ravaged central Indiana. The stress caused by these weather events caused trees to brown and drop their leaves early.

Fall storms have been at a minimum thus far, these storms churn up strong winds that strip the colorful trees early.

Plenty of rainfall - the past 3 years included drought (2011, 2012) and a very dry spell that formed late last summer and early fall. Rainfall since September first is right on target at 5.19".

So get out and enjoy - we've earned these colors!

I'm posting below a few images sent from my Twitter account. The first from Carmel and the second from a drone floating over Johnson County on Monday afternoon.

Carmel, Indiana

Carmel, Indiana

drone flying over southern Johnson Co for fall colores

drone flying over southern Johnson Co for fall colors

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