The warm weather and wet conditions that were with us earlier this year will probably lead to an earlier season for the fall colors. That is the prediction of a local weather expert, who says he is already seeing the colors change in parts of the Riverbend.

John Nell, Weatherspotter Training Facilitator tells The Big Z the colors have been trending later in recent years, but this year may be a return to normal.

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As for when the leaves turn, you can keep track of the so-called “hot spots” through the local tourism bureau’s website. The Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau website will offer daily updates as to where you can find the best viewing. For more information, call 465-6676, or go to

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