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It’s not your imagination: Fall colors have been spectacular in the Northwest this year. But if you want to catch a glimpse, you’d better hurry.
If you remember from grade school, leaves change color when the process of turning the sun’s rays into food winds down. There’s no objective scale for measuring a region’s autumnal brilliance. But Oregon State University forestry instructor Paul Ries says this year’s colors are among the best.
“It all comes down to that magic word,” he says. “Weather.”