From a distance this tree looked like fall colors had begun already. The closer I got, the sadder the tree looked. Instead of changing color, the leaves were actually half dead. The St. Paul area still needs more rain and this poor tree has suffered the effects of our lack of rain. The precipitation this year is 4.85 inches below the average for St. Paul. The younger trees and plant life have suffered from this lack of rainfall resulting in damage like this tree has experienced.