Brilliant Peak Hues Predominate in Greater Niagara, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands-Seaway and Hudson Valley regions
This is the sixth 2014 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.
New York State's spectacular 2014 fall foliage season is in full swing, with peak colors making their way through the Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Hudson Valley, Central New York and Capital-Saratoga regions this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program.
This weekend should be a good one for peak color in many areas of the Finger Lakes region. In Schuyler County, spotters in Watkins Glen are calling for peak foliage with 90 percent color change and dull to average leaves of various fall colors. Tioga County will be peak to just past peak with spotters in Owego calling for nearly complete color transition and red, yellow, orange and brown leaves of varying brilliance. In Monroe County, spotters are predicting 60-90 percent color transition and near peak to peak foliage for the weekend with yellow leaves predominating along with some red and orange leaves. Several trees have dark red leaves and this dark color gives a solid fall foliage look to large stands of trees. Brilliance is average to slightly above average. There are still some dull green leaves remaining, mainly near Lake Ontario.
Cortland County's leaves will be about 90 percent changed and at peak with bright red, orange and purple shades. Steuben County will also see about 90 percent color change and will be peak to past peak with bright yellow, orange, gold and red leaves. Ontario County will be at peak with 80 percent color change by the weekend. The hillsides are beautiful with a nice mix of green leaves alongside the red, yellow, orange and purple leaves. Tompkins County will be at peak with 90 percent color change and average to bright red, yellow, brown, orange and some green leaves. Chemung County spotters reporting from Elmira are calling for near peak foliage and 70 percent change with bright vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow leaves. Seneca County will be near peak with up to 50 percent color change and bright shades of orange, red and golden yellow quickly spreading across the rolling hillsides and adorning the landscapes along Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Cayuga County will be near peak with 60 percent color change and a brilliant mix of shades of red, yellow and orange. Wayne County will be midpoint to near peak with bright red, orange and yellow leaves, while Onondaga County will be just past peak with bright shades of red and purple along with some splashes of yellow.
In the Greater Niagara region, look for peak colors in Niagara County with 50 percent color change and a wide range of bright fall colors. Erie County will also be at peak with 50-60 percent color change and bright red, orange and yellow leaves. Genesee County will be at peak or just past peak this weekend with average shades of red, orange, bronze and burgundy. Wyoming County will be at 75 percent color change and just past peak this weekend with some remaining bright colors.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, spotters in St. Lawrence County note that while foliage is now past peak in the Adirondack portion of the county, peak leaves of orange, red, purple and yellow will be found in the county's St. Lawrence Seaway areas. Jefferson County will be at peak with 95 percent color change and brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves. Oswego County will see about 70 percent color change by this weekend, with lesser change along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Average shades of red, maroon, orange, amber and yellow continue to dominate the northern section of Oswego County. Along the Lake Ontario shoreline, greens are transitioning to bright yellow with large areas of gold, orange and red. Foliage along the Salmon River and western edge of the Tug Hill will be past peak this weekend, and near peak along Lake Ontario and southern part of the county.
Peak and near peak colors will dominate most of the Hudson Valley region this weekend. The eastern side of Columbia County is now past peak; the western portion of the county will be at or just past peak this weekend. Dutchess County will be peak this weekend with average to bright yellow and gold leaves along with some orange and red. Orange County will be at peak with nearly complete leaf transition and brilliant shades of red, orange, wine, melon, peach and yellow. Rockland County will be peak with average to bright orange, yellow and some red leaves. Westchester County will be near peak this weekend with about 65 percent color change and bright shades of red and deep shades of gold leaves. Spotters reporting from Highland in Ulster County expect foliage to be past peak by the weekend with bright and beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves.
In Central New York, foliage spotters reporting from Canastota in Madison County expect peak leaves this weekend with 80-90 percent color change and bright orange, yellow and red leaves dominating the way along the Erie Canal Bicycle Trail from Chittenango to Canastota to Oneida. Look for some peak colors remaining in Schoharie County. Spotters reporting from Cobleskill expect near complete leaf transition by the weekend with bright yellow and orange leaves. In Oneida County, foliage will be past peak. While the northern part of the county has little color, the central and southern portions still have a fair amount of gold, orange and amber leaves. Broome, Otsego and Chenango counties will be past peak this weekend, although you'll find isolated pockets of fall color.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, peak colors are expected for the weekend in Saratoga County. Saratoga Springs foliage spotters expect 80 percent color change with deep shades of red, purple, yellow and orange, along with shades of amber and deep green. Schenectady will also be at peak with a mix of orange, yellow and some red leaves. In Albany County, Voorheesville spotters reporting from Thacher State Park expect the colors to be just past peak by the weekend with bright yellow and orange leaves, along with some touches of red. Rensselaer County will be past peak this weekend, although many green leaves remain. Fall colors include various shades of yellow, along with shades of orange, red and brown.
Foliage is just past peak in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region. In Chautauqua County, spotters reporting from Chautauqua expect 95 percent color change and orange and dark red leaves of average brilliance. Spotters at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County also expect 95 percent leaf change and mostly yellow leaves along with some orange leaves of average brilliance.
Most areas of the Catskills are now past peak or will be past peak by the weekend. In Ulster County, spotters based in Kingston are calling for peak foliage this weekend with 85-90 percent color change and a mixture of deep color with bright red, yellow and orange leaves. Spotters reporting from the lower portion of Ulster County near eastern Orange County expect past peak conditions by the weekend. There is still some good color, but also significant leaf droppage. Colors are mostly gold, along with some yellow and orange and a little red.
Peak foliage is leaving Greene County, however there should be some good colors remaining by the weekend. Spotters in Catskill expect past peak foliage with some isolated pockets of peak colors in the valley areas. Look for bright shades of orange, yellow and red. Spotters reporting from Lanesville expect some great just past peak conditions with a good variety of fall colors. Sullivan County will be past peak with some brilliant pockets of color throughout the county. Areas around the Delaware River should be peak by the weekend with bright shades of yellow and rich red leaves. Delaware County will also be past peak with some yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance.
Foliage is now mostly past peak in the Adirondacks region. In Essex County, spotters in the Willsboro area around Lake Champlain expect peak to just past peak foliage with great vistas of shades of orange and red. The Crown Point area will also be peak to just past peak by the weekend. Colors include vivid orange, red and yellow leaves. Warren County is now past peak but there are still some nice shades of yellow, orange and red around the Lake George area. There are also some isolated pockets of color in the Indian Lake area of Hamilton County.
Fall colors made some significant advances on Long Island and in New York City over the past week. By the weekend, colors should be approaching midpoint in Suffolk County. On the East End, spotters are calling for 25 percent color change and orange, yellow, red and purple fall colors of average brilliance. In Melville, look for up to 30 percent color change and orange, yellow, red and purple leaves of average brilliance. In New York City, spotters reporting from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens expect 20 percent color change and some red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance.