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Fall colors showing up already in parts of Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If you think it’s too early to see fall colors in Wisconsin – think again.

According to Travel Wisconsin.Com, the Eau Claire area was already at 50 percent of its peak as of last Friday – and officials expect a full peak by the third week of September.

At least one visitor to Hurley said she couldn’t believe the change in colors during the Labor Day weekend. In Mercer – which is close to Hurley – fall colors are at 30 percent of their peak, with a full peak due by the end of the month.

Officials say a sudden change to cooler nights has caused a lot of foliage to turn colors.

At Winter in northwest Wisconsin, trees have many gold and yellow hues. Colors in Oshkosh were at 25 percent of their peak – and even some trees close to Milwaukee started getting gold spots during the weekend.

Eau Claire and Oshkosh were affected by the summer drought, but about the northern-third of the state was never in an official drought status. And some of those places already have noticeable color.

Fall colors normally peak in late September in far northern Wisconsin, around mid-October in central areas, and late October in the south.

The state’s tourist Web site, Travel Wisconsin.Com, is preparing a new design to its fall color reports which show more photos and links to local visitor bureaus. 2012 Interactive Fall Color Report