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It’s Raining Leaves!

This morning, it dropped to exactly All-the-leaves-falling-from-the-trees Degrees. (Farenheit.) But they might not be falling why you think!

Instead of leaves dying during a cold snap and falling to their untimely death, the tree gets cold and drops them (literally) to the curb.

Why?

Well, if they don’t, the leaves become a liability.

President of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter Raven, spent some time talking with NPR-correspondent Robert Krulwich on the phenomenon. You can listen here:

What does this mean for the coming winter?

That it’s starting already.

Today was not a one-off. It’s not a freak freeze. We should expect temperatures to stay cold and get colder from this point forward.

Are you ready?