What are fall colors

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Fall colors are at peak in southern Wisconsin and past peak in most of northern Wisconsin, according to Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report. 

Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties were all reporting 100% color as of Oct. 25.

Door County was also reporting 100% color, with an observer noting "Colors are still gorgeous throughout the county." 

Scroll through the widget below for more reports from around Wisconsin.

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. 

See fall colors from up high at places like Timm's Hill, Rib Mountain or Holy Hill; or take a fall drive along Lake Michigan, through the Driftless Area, or to waterfalls in northern Wisconsin.  

[First published Aug. 12, 2019, this story was updated on Oct. 25, 2019.]

Contact Chelsey Lewis at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @chelseylew and @TravelMJS and Facebook at Journal Sentinel Travel.

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