West Michigan’s fall colors delayed

Fall colors start to show themselves in Zeeland in 2016.
Fall colors start to show themselves in Zeeland in 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Fall color enthusiasts will have to wait a week or two longer for West Michigan’s chromatic show.

Storm Team 8 says this year’s fall colors are running one to two weeks behind schedule. The best colors will likely be inland, across the western Upper Peninsula. A recent satellite image shows yellow and orange foliage north of Sault Ste. Marie and across a large swath of northern Wisconsin and the U.P.

Lake Superior satellite image
A satellite image of Lake Superior. (Oct. 10, 2016)

Dry Michigan summers usually lead to a short fall color display, but the unusually rainy August likely put local trees back on track for a good display.

Any lone trees changing early this season are likely still stressed from the first half of summer.

Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen says for the next few days there will be excellent color in Wawa, Chapleau and White River, Ontario and in the Agawa Canyon, as well as the Porcupine Mountains area of the western U.P.

Fall foliage near Lake Superior is expected to peak between Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, according to Pure Michigan’s fall color blog. Peak color for West Michigan is still one or two weeks away.

Southwest Michigan will be among the last areas in the state to see fall colors peak, likely in the last week of October.


Pure Michigan – Fall colors blog