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One of Northern Nevada's Better Years for Fall Colors

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One of the great things about fall is seeing our leaves change color from green to shades of yellow, orange, and red. According to some experts, this is one of the best seasons for fall foliage we've had in a while. When plants such as the Fall Aster starts to bloom, and the Virginia Creeper starts to change color you know fall is here. Living near the Sierra where our weather can change from year to year and week to week, our fall color can be hit or miss. 

Turns out this season is one of the best we've had for fall color in a while. Depending on our upcoming weather, the Red Oaks may start to change color in a couple of weeks. 

"I would try to get out as soon as you can and take in that great fall color that we have in the Truckee Meadows," said horticulturist Bill Carlos. 

The color process cuts off the plants water supply and weakens the leaves. During the spring and summer photosynthesis helps turn the leaves green with chlorophyll, masking their vibrant colors underneath. As the days gets shorter the leaves starts to change and chlorophyll stops being produced. 

"It's signaling we're not getting enough sunlight so we need to shut her down for the winter months. Let's get ready," said Carlos.

The vibrant reds are a product of sugar or glucose. Deidre Ovrebo moved to northern Nevada from the D.C area a few years ago. The red leaves are her favorite. 

"They're good competition actually they are beautiful and the oranges and the purples and the reds they are really vibrant," said resident Ovrebo. 

If you want to see the the bright colors yourself, you'll have to hurry. Carlos recommends the Wilbur D. May Arboretum or Galena Creek. Unfortunately, all it takes is a wind storm for all our trees leaves to fall, and in a couple months our trees will go from bright and colorful to shades of brown. So, make sure to enjoy our fall season while it's here. 

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