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Fall colors in Nebraska

Posted: 5:57 PM, Oct 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-19 02:57:13Z

The cool temperature at night this time of year, and even during the day, is a perfect ingredient to provide us with some bright colors as we transition deeper into the fall season. While we don't have the abundance of locations to view fall colors like some states, there are still many opportunities scattered across Nebraska.

It can be difficult from year to year to predict when the exact peak of fall colors will occur since the forecast hinges on the amount of precipitation and temperatures we experience throughout the year. This year, back-to-back months of above-average precipitation from August through October will allow us to enjoy an extended period of fall foliage.

Some color started appearing in early October, but the bigger change began taking place mid-month. Currently, Nebraska is experiencing patchy to partial color. Over the next week, the rest of the state will see partial changes. By the end of the month, most of the state will be at peak foliage.

This time year has also been called Indian summer because it is when we can experience sunny, dry weather with above-average temperatures. This typically occurs across the U.S. from late September until mid-November, and the term usually refers to the weather conditions after a killing frost has occurred.

Omaha's first frost and freeze occurred this past Monday, and now we are enjoying a dry, warm stretch of weather, which is indicative of an Indian summer.