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Area leaves falling ahead of schedule

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Believe it or not, it may soon be time for you to grab your rake and start cleaning up the front yard. 

Leaves have already started littering a few lawns and curbs here in Eau Claire.  In past years we've typically seen fall colors in their full glory beginning in mid-September. But the DNR says this year's odd weather has some trees in western Wisconsin turning early. The amount of rain is one thing that can affect autumn leaf color.

"Because of the cool wet spring and early summer that we had, there were a lot of leaf diseases that came about. And now with the dry weather that we've gotten into, the trees are under water stress so they're starting to shut down, getting rid of excess leaves that they really don't need," said Todd Lanigan.

The DNR says that oak trees were hit the hardest by disease.

The best autumn colors come when there's been: a warm, wet spring, a summer that's not too hot or dry, and a fall with plenty of warm, sunny days and cool nights. Travelwisconsin.com offers a fall color report. It's an easy tool for you to track changes as the leaves start to turn. Click here to visit the website.

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