This is the second 2012 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon.
Beautiful fall color is continuing to emerge throughout New York State and will be most prominent in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.
In the Adirondacks, Franklin County observers based in Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake have predicted color change of up to 45 percent by the weekend, with some areas approaching near peak conditions (‘peak’ being as beautiful as the foliage will appear during the season). In these areas you’ll find leaves with a burgundy glow amidst the shades of yellow, mustard, pumpkin and scarlet. Cold nights earlier in the week appear to have significantly advanced the colors in high peaks of the Lake Placid area of Essex County. This weekend, expect about 40 percent color change with predominate fall colors of orange and yellow with some burgundy and red. The colors diminish as you descend in elevation through the Whiteface area and Keene, which should both see around 20-25 percent change.
In Warren County, observers in North Creek and Blue Mountain Lake expect up to 40 percent color change in elevations above 2,000 feet, with red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Lower elevations in the northern part of the county will see about 15 percent change, while there is very little change expected in south Warren County. Observers in Old Forgein Herkimer County expect 35 percent change with burgundy leaves of muted brilliance emerging along with splashes of reds and yellows. Color change here is reported to be a little slower than usual. In Hamilton County, foliage spotters in Speculator expect 30 percent color change with purple, burgundy and some yellow fall colors. Schroon Lake area observers in Essex County predict between 10-15 percent leaf change, with mostly reds and some yellows predominating. A few individual trees are in full color, but the majority are just starting. In the northern portion of Hamilton County expect about 25 percent color change, in the southern portion, about 15 percent. Colors are above average in Indian Lake and Long Lake. Reds are starting to develop well, and yellow and orange leaves are just starting to show.
Just behind the Adirondacks in terms of color change, the Catskills region will see up to 40 percent foliage transition in the Saugerties area of Ulster County, with bright yellow, orange and a little bit of gold autumn color. Observers in the Ulster town of Highmount, at Belleayre Mountain, expect around 25 percent change with mostly yellow fall colors along with hints of red. Delaware County should see about 25 percent color change with touches of red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Ulster County spotters in Kingston, Woodstock and Phoenicia expect about 20 percent change with bright pale yellow and gold leaves. In Greene County, observers in the town of Catskill predict 20-25 percent change with fall shades of burnt orange, red, yellow and purple of average brilliance. Sullivan County leaf peepers are calling for up to 10 percent change with touches of bright red and gold.
Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online
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.
For additional New York fall foliage information including select sneak previews of the week’s I LOVE NEW YORK Fall Foliage Report, follow the hash tag: #Fall4NY on Twitter. Simply type #Fall4NY into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State’s fall colors, best places to see them, as well as fun fall events throughout the state.
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