This is the ninth and final 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.
New York’s colorful fall foliage season winds down this weekend as the peak colors of autumn reach their final destinations in New York City, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.
In New York City, foliage spotters in Manhattan and Brooklyn are reporting rapidly peaking foliage with 50 percent color change and average to bright leaves of orange, yellow and red. Absent strong winds, peak conditions should remain through the weekend.
Other areas of the state are now past peak.
Why do people from all over the world head to the spectacular New York State foliage display? Unlike the rest of the country, the northeastern U.S. is particularly blessed with a great variety of broad-leaved trees, which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range. Also, New York State has almost as many acres of such trees as the rest of the Northeast combined.
New York State’s vast area means that you can enjoy peak conditions several times during the season in different parts of the state. The change in color from the bright greens of summer to the brilliant hues of fall follows a predictable pattern: It begins high in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains in late August and early September, and spreads out and down across the hills and valleys of the state, ending on Long Island and in New York City in early November. It takes about two weeks for the colors to complete their cycles in any given area, with peak brilliance lasting three to four days in any one spot.