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Peak of fall season & colors

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's the peak of the fall season and people from all around -- visit Dubuque to experience fall.

"This is one of the first times where we've  gotten the chance to get out  when the weather's good and the foliage is out and take a cruise on the Mississippi," said David Robbins of Streamwood, IL.

Some enjoyed the fall weather by taking a walk along the riverfront...or hopping on a cruise.

"Not only do you have the great weather...it's not too hot, not too cold, just perfect.  And you also get, as he said...the colors, it's just beautiful, I mean all the beautiful colors, it's amazing what mother nature can provide you," said Donna Robbins. 

Bright orange, red and yellow leaves surround the bluffs of the Mississippi.

"The fall colors attract people...number one...it's pretty," said Walt Webster with the Spirit of Dubuque cruise. 

So, what is it about the fall weather that makes leaves change color?"  Well the science behind it is, those bright colors are actually always there, but the cooler weather makes leaves lose chlorophyll, the substance that makes leaves green. 

So that means, there's not much time left to get out, see...and experience the fall. "It's the last blast before winter.  Once the colors come off the trees, it turns dull and lifeless and they know what's ahead," added Webster.

Fall colors actually peak at different times throughout the state.  For more information, visit: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Forestry/Forestry-Links-Publications/Fall-Color

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