It’s already almost mid-October. If you’re like us, you’ve probably been putting off your fall color viewing. Why? Too busy, it’ll still be there next weekend, etc. Those are valid excuses – but it’s getting near peak fall color viewing time, so carve out some viewing.
Here’s a snapshot of the colors around Minnesota as of today. Keep in mind that what you’re looking for is the 75-100% for optimal viewing:
One spot more locally you can see peak colors is right along the Mississippi. If you haven’t been to the West River Parkway, by bike or by car, in a while, now is the time to get over there. You’ll see some stunning views.
Looking to venture to our neighboring state for some colors? Wisconsin has seen peek colors even earlier than Minnesota this year. Here is there current fall color map:
If you haven’t taken the time to check out fall colors yet – now is the time to do it.
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. He is Ward 8's representative on the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.