Usually, Austin is not a place you'd expect to find postcard-perfect fall foliage. But this year, your eyes aren't deceiving you — all the yellow, red and orange leaves donning trees across the city make for a gorgeous and unexpected sight.
Yesterday, KUT explored why we seem to be getting an autumn more worthy of New England standards and so atypical of Austin. And it comes down to three factors: rain, cold temperatures and tree diversity.
Above-average rainfall in September and October meant that our well-nourished trees were able to retain their leaves later than they might ordinarily, according to KUT's article "Why Are Austin's Trees Having Such a Colorful Autumn?" The past two months have also had cooler-than-average temperatures, which can break down the green pigment in the leaves and bring out other shades of pigments that we don't usually see.
Not all leaves react the same to the cold, of course, but there's such a diversity in the types of trees Austin has — in part because the city hopes to prevent the ravages of species-specific diseases, according to KUT. As a result, the city is getting a lovely range of colors far out of the ordinary for us.
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