If you didn't know any better, a hike or bike up City Creek Canyon this weekend might fool you into thinking it's fall. Quite a bit of the scrub oak has changed colors, giving an autumnal feel despite the apocalyptic warmth and smoke.
I don't have any scientific evidence to back this up, but I don't think the colors are due to the changing seasons given that it is only mid August. My guess it is is due to the drought and the combination of a lack of precipitation and high temperatures. Perhaps an ecologist out there can comment.