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Continued: Some leaves are starting to change color in Minnesota

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 10, 2013 - 6:57 PM

“It’s absolutely critical to keep watering trees, especially small trees, and we’ve had a lot of new trees planted all over the metro this summer,” he said. “And keep watering them until the first hard freeze. When the hose finally is so stiff that you can’t use it, then you can quit.”

Now that we know that the trees aren’t forecasting an early fall, what does meteorologist Paul Douglas expect?

“We’re sort of careening from one extreme to the other,” he said. “But we seem to be moving into a period of longer, warmer autumns. Temperatures should warm up again by the last week of August, and, if I had to wager a guess, I’d expect a warmer-than-usual September.”

Keep those T-shirts and shorts handy. Summer isn’t over yet.

Jeff Strickler • 612-673-7392

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