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Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog: Fall colors nearing their peak in central Indiana

There are a couple of weather issues that might be impacting the brightness of the fall leaves this year.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is nearing peak for fall color. The northern half of the state should be at peak next week and the southern half of the state the following week.  

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Have you thought that the leaves don't look very bright this year? There could be a couple of weather reasons for that. For the best fall color, there needs to be enough rain during the growing season, followed by a dry fall with sunny days and cool nights.  

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I looked back and found enough rain during most of the growing season. However, we did have a month from July 18 through Aug. 18 with rainfall of only 0.16". This could have put stress on the trees. 

There is another weather issue, too. We haven't had very may cool nights so far this fall. In fact, we have only had three nights in the 40s.

We will get a couple of nights in the 40s Saturday and Sunday.