Foliage Update for the Week of October 17-23
This is the sixth 2012 FALL FOLIAGE REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL FOLIAGE REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon.
Albany, N.Y. – The progression of magnificent fall color in New York State continues this weekend, with peak colors in most areas of the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions, along with areas of beautiful peak and near peak foliage elsewhere, and the first significant appearance of fall color in New York City, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.
Beautiful peak and near peak foliage will be found throughout much of the Hudson Valley region this weekend, from Columbia County down throughWestchester and Rockland counties. In Columbia County foliage spotters reporting from the City of Hudson project nearly 100 percent leaf change there and the river towns to the south, with a mix of bright yellow, orange and red leaves. It is now past peak in northern Columbia County towns and the hill towns to the east. In Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County leaf peepers project peak foliage for the weekend with many shades of yellow, along with leaves of deep orange and russet, and traces of maroon and deep purple.
In Orange County, look for peak foliage with brilliant flaming reds and shades of plum, lemon, gold, scarlet, chartreuse, mango, pumpkin and rhubarb. Foliage spotters at Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County expect peak foliage with 85 percent leaf transition by the weekend and bright orange and yellow leaves mixed with some red and purple. Foliage change in Westchester County will be around 40 percent with much green still in the southern part of the county; bright red maples, lots of golds and oranges elsewhere
Much of the Finger Lakes region will see peak foliage this weekend. In Cayuga County, foliage spotters in Auburn project nearly complete leaf transition with a brilliant mix of gold, red, yellow and orange leaves. Ontario County will be at peak with orange, burgundy, rust and gold leaves along with some hues of purple and 90-100 percent color change. Tompkins County foliage will be peak, with 95 percent leaf change and average to bright yellow, orange and maroon leaves. Hillsides in the county are described as “absolutely stunning.” Seneca County will see peak foliage with 75 percent color change and bright yellow, red and purple leaves.
In Steuben County look for 60-75 percent color change with yellow and orange leaves, along with some red/scarlet leaves in higher elevations. NearKeuka Lake and in the Corning area, foliage will be at peak; in the higher elevations and the western part of the county, foliage is already past peak, and colors are muter oranges and rust/browns. Foliage is expected to be peak this weekend in Rochester and Monroe County, with up to 65 percent color transition, and mostly yellow leaves, along with some red, orange and russet leaves of average to bright brilliance. Foliage spotters in Wayne County expect near peak foliage this weekend, with red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance.
Most of the Adirondacks region is now past peak, however colors are still emerging in the Lake Champlain Valley area, where spotters estimate about 50-60 percent leaf change by the weekend. There are still many trees with green leaves, as well as some with shades of gold, red and orange. Some trees have dropped their leaves, while some trees have yet to begin turning. Warren County is mostly past peak, but there are some areas of peak foliage remaining in the southern part of the county. Look for muted shades of yellow and rust, along with some shades of orange and red mixed in.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, foliage will be peak in Saratoga County. Look for about 70 percent color change and trees with vibrant bursts of bright red, deep orange and bright yellow leaves, along with some foliage of amber and green. Schenectady County will also be peak, with leaves of yellow and gold, along with splashes of orange. Other areas of the region are now past peak.
In the Greater Niagara region, foliage spotters in Niagara County expect peak to just past peak foliage this weekend, with beautiful gold/yellow and orange fall colors, along with some shades of red. Orleans County foliage spotters are calling for nearly complete leaf transition and peak, bright fall colors of yellow, orange and burnt orange. In Erie County, foliage should be the best of the season this weekend, with leaves of bright shades of red, orange, plum and gold. Genesee County will be just past peak with leaves of burnished gold, along with various shades or orange and red.
Beautiful peak foliage will blanket much of the mid and southern portions of the Thousand Islands-Seaway regions this weekend. In Jefferson County, foliage spotters based in Alexandria Bay expect nearly 100 percent leaf transition with bright orange, yellow and burgundy leaves. In the St. Lawrence Valley area of St. Lawrence County, some areas are at peak, while others have lost their leaves before any real change in color. Look for 75 percent leaf change with orange, yellow and red leaves of average brilliance. Foliage spotters reporting from along Lake Ontario and the Oswego River basin in Oswego County, expect peak conditions by the weekend, with 70 to 80 percent color change and a brilliant display of gold, red, orange and yellow leaves.
Color change is accelerating on Long Island and will be at midpoint of change by the weekend. Foliage reporters based in The Hamptons expect 60 percent color transition with reddish-brown and orange-gold leaves of average brilliance. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties, look for 50 percent color change with orange, yellow, red, purple and green leaves of average brilliance.
And, autumn has arrived in New York City. Foliage spotters based in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens expect 30 percent leaf transition by the weekend, with green, orange, yellow and some red leaves of dull to average brilliance. Foliage spotters in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn note that some maples are turning beautifully, while some other trees are already starting to shed their leaves.
Other areas of the state are now past peak.