It’s been a warm start to meteorological fall this September. Our late season July-like heat means green is still the dominant color in the Twin Cities treescape.
Vibrant color up north
Colors are popping more quickly now in northern Minnesota. Vibrant colors are everywhere near Oberg Mountain in Cook County.
Monday’s latest Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fall color update shows 50 to 75 percent color across much of northern Minnesota.
Lilacs blooming again
Gary Boer explains what his lilacs are doing this month.
My lilacs are blooming for the second time (Sept. 21). They are not one of the special varieties known to do this. They are decades old. In searching the internet I found a 10-year-old report by Paul Huttner reporting the same phenomenon there. I'm sure by now you can tell me if this is weather-related. Looking around I have seen occasional blooms on other bushes in the area, and I once had a couple fall blooms when my pumpkin vine-covered a lilac bush... but this Bush is in full bloom!
Astronomical fall arrives
We know meteorologists march to the beat of a different seasonal drummer. Here’s a good explainer on the difference between astronomical and meteorological seasons.