- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Fall colors likely muted this year
Don't expect to see a lot of vibrant fall colors this year. And when the colors do come, don't expect to see them for long.
The drought Southeast Missouri has experienced dating back to last year is the reason, said A.J. Hendershott, regional supervisor for outreach and education with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Drought causes stress on trees, as do heat waves like the one the area experienced this summer. Couple those conditions with the late April freeze earlier this year, and you have what Hendershott calls a "one-two-three punch" working against bright colors.
"They're going to change; they're just not going to be as eye-popping," Hendershott said.
The peak color time in Southeast Missouri is usually the last week of October, but when trees are stressed that peak might come early.
-- Matt Sanders