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Last updated 5:06PM ET
September 21, 2018
WOUB Local News
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Fall foliage earlier this year due to drought
(WOUB) - Foliage watchers in southern Ohio may have to look early this year to see the trees' displays of color, thanks to the summer's hot temperatures and drought conditions.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says trees there are going dormant earlier than normal to protect themselves from the dry weather.

It's causing the leaves to change a few weeks earlier than usual, and the colors can be less vibrant.

In some cases, the leaves simply drop without changing colors, and officials say that type of scorched leaf indicates the trees are in serious trouble.

Cincinnati is about 13 inches below its average rainfall for the year.
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