When fall colors could peak in Wisconsin in 2019
Fall colors are at or past peak in most of northern Wisconsin, according to Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report.
Observers in Antigo noted on Oct. 17: "Antigo/Langlade County is past peak color. Sections of Langlade County still have leaves, but other sections have lost foliage."
To the northwest, observers in Hurley reported on Oct. 15 that "It's still beautiful everywhere, tho (sic) lots of trees are now bare or brown."
Counties in the southern half of the state were reporting anywhere from 40 to 75% color as of Oct. 18.
Washington County, home to popular fall colors spot Holy Hill, was reporting 70% color as of Oct. 15.
Baraboo, home to Devil's Lake State Park, another popular spot for seeing colors in autumn, was reporting 100% color, with an observer noting: "There are patches of color here and there but mostly very dull color this year. I do not think that they will be here much longer if it rains..."
"Some areas are not going to hit 'peak' by the weekend and other areas will be perfect right now," he wrote on Oct. 16.
Earlier in the week, he tweeted some photos of colors around the area.
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When fall colors peak is mainly a product of daylight (or lack thereof), so it doesn’t vary too much by year, but the weather can affect the colors, especially their vibrancy and duration.
If warm days are followed by cool, but not freezing, nights, colors — especially reds — are brighter. An early frost, heavy rainfall or strong winds can bring an abrupt end to the season.
While summer is peak travel time in Wisconsin, fall weekends are not far behind, so it’s never too early to start planning your trips to see the colors.
[First published Aug. 12, 2019, this story was updated on Oct. 18, 2019.]