This is the fifth 2013 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.
Albany, N.Y. — Bright, colorful peak fall foliage is departing the Adirondacks and Catskills regions and heading into other areas of New York State for the Columbus Day weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Look for peak colors this weekend in the Chautauqua-Allegheny, Central New York, and Capital-Saratoga regions, with additional areas of peak color emerging in the Finger Lakes region.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, foliage spotters in the Fulton County communities of Northville and Benson predict peak to just past peak conditions with 90-100 percent color change by the weekend, and average to bright red, orange and yellow fall colors, especially in the lower elevations. Color change is everywhere in Rensselaer County. You’ll find more color in the eastern and northern portions of the county, along with more leaf droppage. Predominate colors include bright shades of red, orange and yellow. Saratoga County will be at peak this weekend with 80 percent color change, with bright bursts of red, deep orange and bright yellow creating a vibrant rainbow of fall colors. Leaf spotters in Schenectady County expect near peak to peak conditions with plenty of bright yellow and red leaves. In Albany County, spotters at Thacher Park in the Helderbergs expect leaves to be at peak with bright red and yellow leaves predominating.
In Central New York, foliage spotters in southern Herkimer County are calling for near complete leaf transition by the weekend with peak to past peak conditions and predominating colors of red, yellow and gold. Oneida County observers are also expecting peak conditions (along with some past peak areas in the northern part of the county), with orange, amber, gold and bronze leaves of average brilliance and vibrant yellow and red highlights. In Chenango County, most leaves will be changed by the weekend. Look for plenty of bright yellow, brilliant red and fiery orange leaves. Otsego County will also be at peak this weekend, with some areas a bit past peak, rain and wind having moved the season along. Peak foliage will be arriving in the Greater Binghamton area this weekend with 70-75 percent color change and bright yellow, orange and red fall shades. In Madison County, foliage spotters based in Morrisville are calling for near peak foliage with 65 percent color change and a nice display of bright yellow and orange leaves, along with touches of red.
Foliage in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region will range from near peak to just past peak this weekend. At Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County about 90 percent of the leaves will be changed by the weekend. Look for areas of near peak, peak and past peak foliage. Many of the leaves that changed last week have fallen already from this week’s rain, leaving hardier green leaves on the trees. Few of these leaves are changing. In Cattaraugus County, Little Valley foliage spotters are calling for 85 percent color change with muted shades of yellow, rust and orange. Strong winds have knocked the majority of leaves down. In Chautauqua County, foliage spotters are expecting near peak foliage this weekend with 50 percent color change and a mixture of muted orange and red leaves.
In the Finger Lakes region, Tioga County will have peak foliage this weekend with 80 percent color change and yellow, orange and green leaves of average brilliance. Cortland and Livingston counties also will be at peak this weekend. Chemung County foliage spotters in Elmira expect near peak foliage with 85 percent color change and vibrant orange, red and yellow leaves. Seneca County will also be near peak with 75 percent color change and bright shades of yellow, red, purple and orange. Near peak foliage will also be found in Cayuga County, which is expecting 75 percent color change and brilliant yellow, orange, gold and red leaves. Leaf peepers in Syracuse, in Onondaga County, expect 50-60 percent color transition by the weekend, but with many leaves knocked down by wind they are calling for peak conditions. Look for bright shades of red and purple, along with some touches of yellow. Tompkins County spotters based in Ithaca expect midpoint of change by the weekend with 50 percent color transition and yellow, brown, red, orange and green leaves of average brilliance.
Wayne County expects 45-50 percent color change with yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance. In Ontario County, look for 50 percent color change and a nice painter’s pallet of golden and burgundy hues. . The he hills are a painter’s pallet of golden and burgundy hues. 50 percent of the local foliage in Ontario County is bursting with color. Foliage reports coming in from Monroe County and the Greater Rochester area predict near peak conditions for the weekend with between 40-50 percent color change and predominating colors of yellow, as seen on the maples, locusts and birches, and red, as seen on sugar maples. Steuben County will be near peak with 50-60 percent color change with bright yellow leaves accompanied by bursts of orange and bright scarlet. Yates County will be around midpoint of color change with 40 percent transition and lots of brilliant shades of red and orange.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, look for peak conditions this weekend in Jefferson County where foliage spotters in Alexandria Bay predict near complete leaf change and a nice mix of bright yellow, orange and red leaves. In St. Lawrence County expect 90 percent color change by the weekend with just past peak conditions and predominating colors of orange, red and yellow. In Oswego County, the lush forests of the lower portion of the region continue their annual transformation, and should be midpoint to near peak by the weekend. Along the Oswego River valley in southern Oswego County, the woodlands feature more muted shades of red and orange against a golden bronze haze. Look for 40 to 50 percent color change.
In the Adirondacks region, near peak and peak foliage is arriving in southern Warren County. Look for vibrant shades of yellow and orange, along with touches of red and rust. The rest of the county will be past peak by weekend. In Essex County, Crown Point foliage spotters expect that conditions will range from midpoint to near peak, depending on the elevation. In Old Forge, conditions are now past peak with some bright yellow, gold and russet leaves remaining. Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington and Lake Placid will each be just past peak. Keene and Keene Valley are at or just past peak with lots of reds, yellows and gold lighting up the hillsides.
In the Catskills region, Sullivan County will be at peak this weekend with near complete leaf change and stunning shades of orange and red, along with golden yellow. Look for peak foliage in Ulster County, where rain and wind have taken a toll. This weekend will probably the last chance of the season to experience the county’s best color. Bright orange, gold, red and yellow leaves abound according to spotters at Belleayre Mountain and in Saugerties. The towns of Highmount, Pine Hill, Phoenicia and Mount Tremper will see peak foliage conditions with many shades of red, orange and gold.
Foliage spotters in the Greene County town of Catskill expect to be just past peak by the weekend with predominating shades of brilliant red, yellow and orange. Spotters based in Lanesville expect peak to just past peak foliage with leaves of amber, yellow, gold, purple and red. Tannersville and Hunter are now reported to be past peak. Delaware County will be past peak with 95 percent color change and yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance.
Near peak to peak foliage is expected throughout much of the Hudson Valley this weekend. In Ulster County, spotters based in Highland expect 80 percent leaf change by the weekend with bright, beautiful leaves of crimson and yellow. In the Shawangunk Mountain towns of High Falls, New Paltz and Gardiner the full autumnal palette is brilliant with bright gold, vibrant orange, shimmery yellow and blazing red leaves predominating. Columbia County will be near peak with 70-95 percent color change and yellow and orange leaves mixed in with some deep red. Rockland County spotters at Bear Mountain State Park expect midpoint to near peak foliage this weekend with 75 percent color change, and orange and yellow leaves, along with some red highlights. In Goshen, foliage will be near peak with 75 percent change and bright red, yellow, wine, copper, lemon, peach, gold and orange leaves.
Dutchess County projects various amounts of color change, depending upon location. Areas along the Hudson River will be at midpoint of change, while other areas will be near peak. Look for bright leaves of red, rust, yellow, gold and deep red. Westchester County will be at midpoint of change with 40 percent leaf transition and shades of gold and red.
In the Greater Niagara region, foliage spotters in Buffalo project 40-45 percent color change as more shades of orange are starting to emerge. Some areas closer to Buffalo are still seeing some green and shades of gold and yellow. In Niagara County, Niagara Falls observers expect 50 percent color change with shades of red and orange predominating. Wyoming County will also be at midpoint of change, with 50 percent transition, while Genesee County observers based in Batavia are calling for just 35 percent change with minimal leaf droppage.
On Long Island, observers in the Hamptons are calling for 50 percent leaf change with autumn shades of red, orange and gold. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties, look for around 40 percent color change and yellow, orange, purple and green leaves of average brilliance. Some isolated areas of trees are reported to be near peak. Trees are just starting to change in New York City. Foliage spotters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens expect 20 percent leaf change with orange and yellow highlights appearing over the predominately green backdrop.
Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online
New York’s weekly I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage color reports continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first week in November. Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the season, reports are updated online to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state.
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.
Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS (800/225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada.
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: #LoveNYFall on Twitter. Simply type #LoveNYFall into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State’s fall colors and where to find the best places in the state to see them.
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