Drought, heat might lead to muted fall colors

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ~ Updated 8:16 AM

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's record-hot summer and ongoing drought could make fall foliage in parts of the state a little less spectacular.

Officials with the Mark Twain National Forest predict that trees will remain in survival mode and protect themselves by dropping leaves and going dormant early, with muted colors.

The Mark Twain is spread across 1.5 million acres in 29 counties of central and southern Missouri. Fall colors in southern Missouri usually peak in mid- to late October.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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