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Fallen maple leaves lay atop a fallen birch tree on the forest floor in Crosby Manitou State Park last week. Bob King /

Warmth delayed fall color in the Northland

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The good news? If you haven't had time to catch the peak of fall color, you haven't missed it yet.

The bad news? There might not be as much peak as usual.


Tree experts and other leaf-watchers confirm that the general changeover to fall color is more than a week behind schedule. And they say September's unusually warm, dry weather might have muted the annual transition from green to gold and red.

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