Several things have to come together just right for us to maximize our fall color potential. We've been pretty lucky this year in that we've had the rain when we needed it most and the temperatures haven't been too out of the ordinary. Just look around at the trees in the parks, yards, even the trees in the pastures have some color in them at this time of the year. It is just another reason why this is my favorite time of the year. The wind blows all the time here in Kansas, and usually it forces the trees to drop their leaves prematurely before we really get to enjoy the color. At any rate, we still have a few more weeks before all of the trees will be bare and then, we head into winter when everything is brown and dormant.
Our weather pattern should begin to change this weekend. The last measurable rainfall in Wichita was back on October 22nd with .24" recorded out at Mid-Continent Airport. It has been even longer in other parts of Kansas, so we could use the moisture going into the winter months. The next chance for moisture comes on Monday and Tuesday with a low pressure system arriving from the west. I'll be back on Saturday to update you on anymore changes that will be coming this way.