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Fall foliage

Empire State Development's tourism office is posting weekly fall foliage reports. Below is the report posted Oct. 16, 2019:

Vibrant Peak Foliage Appearing Across Upstate New York

Leaves in early and midpoint stages on Long Island and New York City

Colorful peak foliage will be found in all nine upstate regions of New York State this weekend, according to volunteer observers from the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program. Color change remains low across most of Long Island and in New York City.

In the Adirondacks, Essex County observers in Crown Point are calling for peak foliage with 90-100% color change and shades of gold, orange, yellow and red. In Willsboro, look for peak foliage with 100% color transition and bright reds and yellows. Foliage will be past-peak in Lake Placid this weekend. Spotters anticipate complete color change with leaves featuring average shades of red, yellow, orange and purple. The Whiteface Mountain area in Wilmington will be past-peak with complete color change and red, dark red, yellow and orange foliage. Spotters reporting from Schroon Lake expect past-peak leaves for the weekend with complete color transition and shades of yellow and rust.

In northern Warren County, spotters in North Creek, Hague and Thurman anticipate that foliage will be just-past-peak with vibrant yellow, orange and red leaves. The southern portion of the county can expect peak leaves of bright yellow, red and orange. Franklin County spotters in Tupper Lake anticipate past-peak conditions with 95-100% color change and canary, goldenrod, russet, mahogany, pumpkin, bronze and copper leaves. In Saranac Lake, foliage will be past-peak this weekend with 95% change. Higher elevations, mountainsides and peaks are showing off a radiant golden glow, while lower elevations are still holding a vibrant variety of reds, oranges and yellows. Malone and the northern portion of the county are past-peak, with complete color transition and some beautiful yellow and orange leaves, along with some red.

Foliage will be past-peak this weekend in Hamilton County, according to spotters in Lake Pleasant, where most leaves have fallen. Reports from Lapland Lake Resort in the southern portion of the county project 80-90% change and slightly-past-peak conditions with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. In the Herkimer County hamlet of Old Forge, expect past-peak foliage with 100% color transition and leaves featuring shades of burnt orange and gold. Areas of St. Lawrence County in the Adirondacks will be past-peak with 85% color change and yellow, orange, red and purple leaves.

In the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County spotters reporting from Caroga Lake expect peak foliage this weekend with 95% color change and very bright yellow, orange and red. Rensselaer County observers project peak foliage throughout the county this weekend. Expect 80-90% transition in the eastern and northern parts of the county and 70-80% color change in the western and southern portions. Look for varying shades of red, including bright purplish-red and orange-red, along with yellow and some remaining green. Some foliage in higher elevations will be past-peak. In the Albany County city of Cohoes, peak conditions will feature 80% color change. Look for increasing amounts of yellow leaves of average brilliance, along with oranges, rusts and reds. Schenectady County will be at peak this weekend with 75-80% color change and a nice mix of red, yellow, rust and orange leaves. Saratoga County observers in Saratoga Springs project 65% transition and near-peak conditions with bright shades of yellow, orange, red and green.

In the Catskills, leaves will be at peak this weekend around Ferndale in Sullivan County, with 90% transition highlighted by bright red, yellow, orange and purple leaves. In Forestburgh, about 20 miles from Port Jervis, foliage will still be at its peak with nearly complete transition and bright shades of red, yellow, orange, wine and peach.

Foliage change has come on strong in the Kingston area of Ulster County. Spotters are projecting peak conditions for this weekend with 75% color change and yellow, orange and burgundy leaves, along with brilliant shades of red. At Belleayre Mountain in the Ulster County community of Highmount, foliage changed quickly over the past week and will be past-peak by the weekend with 100% color transition and primarily orange leaves.

In Greene County, observers reporting from Catskill project that the town and the county’s valley areas will be at peak this weekend, with 90% change and brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. The county’s mountains will be past-peak with nearly 100% color change and bright red, orange, yellow and green leaves; peak colors may still be found around Kaaterskill and Platte cloves. Foliage will be past-peak this weekend in Delaware County. Look for complete color transition and bright gold and orange leaves among a significant number of bare trees.

In Central New York, Madison County observers at Delphi Falls County Park in Cazenovia project peak foliage this weekend, with 75% color change and bright leaves of yellow, along with shades of orange and red. In Montgomery County, observers at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter expect foliage to be at peak this weekend. Look for 75% or more leaf transition and average-to-bright shades of orange and yellow. Broome County spotters in Binghamton project that leaves will be peak to just-past-peak with 65% color change and yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance. Chenango County reports from Norwich anticipate nearly complete color change and peak foliage with bright shades of red and orange, although some areas have downed leaves and very little color.

Observers in the southern Herkimer County village of Mohawk expect near-peak leaves with 70% color transition. While some trees are showing vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red, others have not quite changed and some are losing leaves. Oneida County reports from Utica expect near-peak to peak foliage this weekend with increasing shades of orange and yellow, along with some red and purple tones and some leaf droppage. In Otsego County, Cooperstown observers project 70% change and slightly past-peak foliage, with mostly green and yellow leaves, along with some orange and red. In the Schoharie County village of Middleburgh, foliage will be past peak with 90% color transition and rust and gold leaves of average brilliance.

In the Finger Lakes, Cortland County foliage observers project 80% color change and peak foliage with average-to-bright red, orange and yellow leaves. Foliage will be at peak this weekend in Steuben County. Look for 80-100% transition throughout the county and bright orange, gold, yellow and red leaves. Cayuga County spotters in Auburn project 65% leaf change and peak foliage with bright yellow, red and orange leaves.

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In Chemung County, Elmira observers predict 80% change and near-peak leaves by the weekend, with average shades of yellow, orange and green, along with splashes of red. Tioga County foliage will be 75% changed with red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance, according to spotters in Owego. Tompkins County observers in Ithaca anticipate near-peak foliage, with 75% leaf transition. Bright yellow leaves dominate the landscape, underscored by orange leaves of average brilliance and pockets of bright red. Ontario County reports from around Canandaigua expect near-peak foliage with 70% color change. Leaves are mostly average-to-bright shades of yellow, along with some reds. Spotters from Farmington project 65% color change with bright shades of yellow and orange, along with some green and brown.

In Livingston County, reports from Geneseo anticipate near-peak conditions this weekend with 50% color transition. All areas of the county feature shades of orange from amber to tangerine. The yellows are popping and there are some breathtaking red maples, and color change is greater in the higher elevations. In Rochester and surrounding areas in Monroe County, look for 45% foliage change with yellow, red and dark red leaves of average brilliance, along with more orange and gold leaves appearing and a considerable amount of remaining green. Bright copper leaves have appeared on some trees and more are expected to follow. North of Rochester, spotters reporting from Greece anticipate 50% color change by the weekend. As the autumn season continues, more and more trees are showing color – mostly yellow to light green with a minority showing brilliant red-orange leaves and some trees dropping green leaves with brown edging.

Eastern Onondaga County spotters reporting from Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville project 40% color change for the weekend with more reds and purples appearing as orange continues to dominate. Around the Syracuse University campus, expect up to 40% color change with average-to-bright shades of yellow, along with some red from the maples. Schuyler County observers in Watkins Glen expect foliage to be at midpoint of change this weekend with 60% color transition. Cooler evening temperatures are showing, as a rapidly increasing amount of yellow and light orange is appearing on many trees throughout the county, particularly those at treetops. Look for 50% color change in Yates County, with shades of yellow, brown and red in the hills, along with some green in the valleys. In Wayne County, spotters in Lyons expect foliage will be at midpoint of change with 40% transition and red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Seneca County observers project 35% color change with green leaves fading and muted shades of orange and yellow emerging.

In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Cattaraugus County observers in Little Valley project 70-80% color change and peak foliage with orange and red leaves of above-average brilliance. Allegany State Park will be just-past-peak this weekend. Leaves are still colorful – mostly yellow and orange – and the oaks are just starting to change colors. Chautauqua County observers expect near-peak to peak foliage with average-to-bright gold, red, orange, yellow and green leaves.

In the Greater Niagara region, Erie County spotters in the village of Springville project 70% color change by the weekend. Spotters reporting from the towns of Boston and Hamburg project 80-90% color change with some peak colors expected to appear in Boston. Look for yellow, orange and orange-red leaves of average brilliance and some very brilliant shades of red. Foliage observers reporting from Buffalo anticipate 50% change and near-peak foliage with beautiful bright shades of golden yellow, orange, red and purple.

In Genesee County, Batavia spotters project 50% color change with mostly red and purple leaves of average brilliance along with some purples and browns. In Orleans County, an average of 45% color change is expected, according to observers in Albion. Look for bright deep-red leaves, along with bright shades of yellow and orange. Foliage will be at midpoint of change in most areas of the county and near-peak in areas by the Great Lakes. Niagara County reports from Niagara Falls expect conditions ranging from beginning to midpoint of change with 25% color transition and average shades of yellow, orange and red.

In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, Jefferson County observers from along the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay expect peak conditions this weekend, with nearly 100% color transition and brilliant yellow, orange and red leaves. St. Lawrence County spotters in the village of Canton expect peak foliage with 75% change and red, orange, yellow and purple leaves of average brilliance. Oswego County observers anticipate 80-100% change and peak foliage this weekend. In northern Oswego County, yellows, oranges and reds have taken over with average-to-bright brilliance. The foliage along the Salmon River is quite colorful. Orange and red dominate the landscape in southern parts of the county with bright touches of yellow coming through.

In the Hudson Valley, foliage will range between near-peak and peak in Dutchess County, according to observers in Poughkeepsie, with 75% transition and bright yellow, orange and red leaves. Areas on the Hudson River will have more green leaves. Orange County reports from Goshen expect peak foliage with 75% color change and muted shades of gold. In Rockland County, observers in New City project 70% color change and near-peak foliage with average-to-bright orange, yellow and purple leaves. Spotters at Bear Mountain State Park expect 70% color change with brown, green, red and yellow leaves. In the Columbia County city of Hudson, foliage will be near-peak, with 60% color transition and gold and yellow leaves of average brilliance along with some splashes of maroon. Westchester County reports from White Plains anticipate foliage will be near-peak by the weekend with more than 50% color change and red, yellow and pink leaves of average brilliance.

On Long Island, observers at the Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills expect up to 30-50% color change across Nassau and western Suffolk counties with yellow, orange, red and purple leaves of average brilliance. The amount of color change will vary by area, with some pockets of near-peak foliage possible in park, pond and waterfront areas including Mill Pond Park in Wantagh, Nassau County. Spotters reporting from Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead expect 25% change by the weekend with yellow, red and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Nassau County, color change in Manhasset will be around 20%. Look for brilliant shades of yellow, along with some remaining burgundy and mahogany leaves among plenty of green.

In New York City, observers reporting from Morris Park in The Bronx project 20% color change this weekend with light shades of green along with yellow and orange and some pops of red. There are also some leaves that have changed directly to brown.

Volunteer Leaf Peepers

The I LOVE NY team of volunteer Leaf Peepers, located throughout the state’s 11 vacation regions, are tasked with keeping track of the color change in their area as leaves progress each week. The information is then used for fall foliage reports, which are posted online each week, featuring a detailed map of color change throughout New York State, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings in each region.

About Fall Foliage

The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at www.iloveny.com/foliage. Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS (800/225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada. To learn how to become a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@esd.ny.gov. Fall foliage reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800-CALL-NYS.

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