GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Fall colors have fallen behind this year, but after weeks of waiting, much of Michigan is finally at or near “peak.”>>Storm Team 8: Weekend forecast
Fall colors will be fantastic across much of Lower Michigan especially north of Grand Rapids. The peak show is over across most of the Upper Peninsula and a small area in the higher terrain near Gaylord and Wolverine. Even in some areas where moderate and high color are being reported there’s still pockets of peak color. What this all means is fuel up the car and take a drive to soak in the short lived splendor of falls vibrant colors. This weekend will be perfect for fall color tours.
Areas of Michigan that aren’t in peak color are at least experiencing “high” color.
In general, the colorful display is one to two weeks behind schedule because of warmer than average temperatures so far this season. The primary reason leaves change is because of fewer daylight hours. However, warm temperatures can delay shows by several days or weeks. This week, temperatures will finally be consistently crisp enough for trees to change quickly.
Most of these color reports are from the Foliage Network, where previous years’ reports can be accessed too. Compared to the last five years, this year’s show is very late. The warm temperatures the past two months in combination of a very wet October (9th wettest so far in Grand Rapids) has delayed the color migration to the south. Usually by this time, most of the U.P. had already pushed past peak. Here are some of the previous years’ reports with dates as close to Oct. 21 as possible. Even in 2013, which was a late year, colors were past peak by this time.