Fall color peak hits metro

These are Chamber of Commerce weather days in Minnesota.

Perfect marathon weather, Twins playoffs in town under crystal clear October skies, and fall colors busting peak in the metro. Does it get any better than this?

According to the latest fall color report form the Minnesota DNR, colors are at or near peak this week in the metro with 50% to 100% color. Colors are past peak now in much of northern Minnesota.

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A tour of my favorite fall color spots near the Huttner Weather Lab in the west metro confirms peaking colors today. So I’m calling it. Peak fall color occurred at precisely 4:03pm Tuesday October 5th at the Huttner Weather Lab this year.

Here are some colorful shots from a classic fall Tuesday from the shores of Lake Minnetonka in the west metro.

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Color burst along St. Louis Bay on Lake Minnetonka.

Photos by Paul Huttner (click for bigger images)

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Boats ready for late season action at Deephaven Beach on Lake Minnetonka.

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Vibrant sumac ablaze in the afternoon sun.

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Road to the deep woods flashes color.

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Blazing trees contrast a deep autumn blue sky.

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Fallen leaves float on water at Robinson’s Bay.

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Loyal dog waits in the drivers seat for owner to return.


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