This is the second 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.
Bright, beautiful fall colors are continuing to emerge in New York State, with the most significant changes this weekend expected in some of the higher elevations of the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, and the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program.
In the Adirondacks, look for foliage at midpoint of color change in the Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab areas. Leaves should be around 45-50 percent changed and of average brilliance with predominating fall colors of burgundy, mustard, pumpkin and scarlet. Area foliage spotters are expecting a spectacular display this year. In Herkimer County, Old Forge foliage spotters are predicting 35-40 percent color change and conditions approaching midpoint with muted shades of red and some splashes of yellow. Look for 30-35 percent color change in the Lake Placid area of Essex County, where leaves are becoming more brilliant as the night temperatures get colder. Shades of yellow and brown can be found on poplars and birches, with oranges and reds emerging from the maples, however there are still many green leaves. Color in the region varies with the elevation.
In Essex County, foliage spotters in Willsboro, in the Lake Champlain area, expect 20 percent color change with muted shades of gold leaves and some spots of bright red leaves. Hamilton County foliage spotters based in Indian Lake expect 10-20 percent color change by the weekend with the leaves, such as the reds of the swamp maples, becoming brighter. Green continues to dominate the landscape, contrasting with the striking shades of red, brown and orange that are developing, along with some touches of yellow. At Whiteface Mountain in Essex County, color change is expected to be about 15 percent with average shades of red and green leaves. The rest of the region reports 10 percent or less color change.
In the Catskills region, foliage is approaching midpoint of change in the Saugerties area of Ulster County. Look for 30-35 percent color change with shades of gold and orange predominating along with some areas of gold and yellow. Belleayre Mountain in Highmount is expecting up to 15 percent change as the foliage begins to show more color. Look for the most color about 2/3 of the way up the mountain with some really nice shades of red emerging. The rest of the region reports 10 percent or less color change.
Foliage spotters in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region expect 25 percent color change in Oswego County this weekend. In the northern part of the county, in areas such as Pulaski, Sandy Creek and Altmar, a warm palette of yellows and oranges have just started to make an appearance with leaves of dull to average brilliance. Dull greens with touches of orange still dominate the color scheme in the southern part of the county. In Jefferson County, Alexandria Bay spotters predict 15 percent color change with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Also look for up to 15 percent change in St. Lawrence County, where spotters in Canton report orange, red and yellow leaves in the Adirondacks portion of the county and isolated pockets of those colors in the St. Lawrence Seaway area of the county.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, in Fulton County, foliage spotters in Benson at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center project a little less than 35 percent color change by weekend and conditions approaching midpoint. The mostly green backdrop is fading daily with touches of purple and burgundy emerging along with increasing shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Spotters reporting from Pine Lake and Gloversville expect 30 color change in areas of higher elevation and 15 percent in lower elevations, with leaves of dull to average brilliance and predominating fall colors of yellow and rusty red along with touches of orange and bright red.
In Rensselaer County, spotters based in Brunswick project foliage changes of 10-15 percent. Foliage color remains low in western part of the county with more color showing in the east and northern parts and the higher elevations of the Rensselaer Plateau, where the leaves should be 15-20 percent changed by the weekend. The rest of the region reports 10 percent or less color change.
In the Finger Lakes region, 20 percent color change is expected in Cayuga County, with emerging fall colors of red and gold. Onondaga County spotters in Syracuse predict 15 percent color change with yellow leaves emerging over the mostly green backdrop. Schuyler County spotters in Watkins Glen are calling for 10-15 percent color change by the weekend with touches of color appearing among the mostly green leaves. The rest of the region reports 10 percent or less color change.
In Central New York, Oneida County leaf peepers based in Utica expect 15 percent color change by the weekend. While the leaves are still mostly green, yellow and amber leaves are emerging along with slight hints of orange and red. In Binghamton, look for 15 percent color change and still mostly green leaves. Spotters in Morrisville, in Madison County, project color change of a little more than 10 percent by the weekend with bright shades of yellow, orange and red leaves. The rest of the region reports 10 percent or less color change.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, spotters in Chautauqua expect 15 percent color change with some pale orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance emerging from the mostly green landscape. The rest of the region reports 10 percent or less color change.
In the Hudson Valley, look for 10-15 percent color change in the northern part of Dutchess County with brightening leaves of yellow, gold and burnt orange. The rest of the region and state reports 10 percent or less color change.