Old Forge area Mid-point colors expected to arrive in parts of Catskills

ATTENTION EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS AND METEOROLOGISTS:

This is the third 2008 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. Fall’s magnificent kaleidoscope of color continues to gradually make its way across New York State, with some higher elevations of the Adirondacks expected to be near peak by the weekend, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. In some parts of the Catskills, foliage may reach midpoint of color change.             This weekend in the Adirondacks, foliage spotters in Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake expect a vibrant array of colorful leaves approaching near-peak with 85 percent change. Dazzling shades of purple, red, orange and yellow are quickly overtaking the fading green.  In Herkimer County, Old Forge leaf peepers report a wide range of foliage change. For the weekend, expect anywhere from 30-70 percent change with bright burgundies, reds, golds, and russets. South of Old Forge, the colors are closer to 70 percent, while foliage around the lakes is just starting to change. Leaf change is expected to be at mid-point, around 65 percent, at Whiteface Mountain in Essex County. Predominant colors include dark red and gold. In Lake Placid, foliage spotters expect 40 percent change with a mix of red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Foliage spotters in North Creek, Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake are forecasting 50 percent leaf change, with bright red, orange and yellow leaves. In Hamilton County, 30-40 percent color change is expected by the weekend. While green leaves still predominate there, bright red, purple, yellow and orange leaves are beginning to take over. Areas to the north of Lake George are expected to see 15-20 percent color change by the weekend, with less color transition to the south. In the Catskills, foliage change isn’t expected to be more than mid-point in some areas by this weekend. Foliage spotters in Sullivan County project 50-60 percent change with a range of bright yellow and orange in addition to bright red, burgundy and rust-colored leaves. In Ulster County, foliage spotters in Highmount at Belleayre Mountain are looking at up to 30 percent color change by the weekend, with bright red leaves.  In the Saugerties area, expect between 25 and 30 percent color change with moderate-to-bright orange and red highlights. Elsewhere in the county, spotters in Kingston expect 15 percent change, with the most dramatic transition taking place in the upper elevations around Mt. Tremper/Big Indian, with shades of yellow, orange and red. Color change is much more noticeable in the northern and western portions of the county, while not as dramatic in the lower portion of the valley. In Greene County, foliage change will be just around 15-20 percent with red, orange and some purple leaves beginning to emerge.In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, look for 30-35 percent color change in the southeastern portion of St. Lawrence County and 25-30 percent change in the northern portion. Predominating colors include orange, yellow, and gold with splashes of bright red. Oswego County expects around 25 percent color change. Along the Salmon River near Pulaski in Oswego County, the sugar maples and oaks are still predominantly green, with highlights of warm orange and gold. Red maples and sumacs are showing shades of deep red and scarlet, while wild purple asters and goldenrod continue to bloom along the river banks and nearby fields. Jefferson County foliage spotters in Alexandria Bay project 15 percent change with a mix of orange and red leaves of average brilliance.Foliage spotters in northern areas of the Capital-Saratoga region expect near mid-point foliage by the weekend, while spotters to south project significantly less color change. Around Saratoga Springs, expect up to 40 percent leaf change with red, purple, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Rensselaer County at Grafton Lakes State Park, look for about 30 percent change highlighted by bright red and orange leaves.In the Central Leatherstocking region, Broome County projects 25 percent color change with bright red, yellow and orange leaves. Schoharie County is expected to be at around 20 percent change, with red, orange and rust leaves of average brilliance. Spotters in Madison County expect up to 15 percent change by the weekend with bright orange highlights.Chautauqua-Allegany region foliage spotters expect up to 20 percent foliage change in some areas this weekend, such as Allegany State Park, where green is slowly giving way to touches of red, yellow and orange. Foliage spotters in Belmont also project 20 percent change for the weekend, while color transition in Chautauqua County is expected to be at around 15 percent.In the Finger Lakes region, Chemung County projects 30 percent change by the weekend, with bright yellow, gold, red, orange and purple leaves beginning to overtake the still predominant green color scheme. In Auburn, Cayuga County foliage spotters expect 20 percent color transition, with touches of red and gold; while Onondaga and Tioga counties can expect up to 15 percent color change.In the Greater Niagara region, Niagara County projects 20-25 percent change. Hudson Valley color change is still in the early stages, with the most change expected in Columbia County, at 10-15 percent.The rest of the state expects no more than 10 percent color change.Each week during fall, I LOVE NEW YORK issues reports on iloveny.com detailing the progression of colorful fall foliage across the New York based upon information filed by the State’s officially designated “leaf peepers.”  These fall foliage spotters are instructed on how to rate foliage color in their areas, citing conditions such as brilliance, percentage of leaves changed, predominating colors and stages (just beginning, near peak, peak and past peak). I LOVE NEW YORK compiles its weekly reports based upon information called in by the spotters.New York State and Fall Foliage Make for a Great Getaway!New York’s fall foliage serves as the pretty backdrop to a host of fun-filled seasonal activities, including food festivals celebrating an amazing variety of Pride of New York produce, farm and farm stand visits, hayrides and much more. Find details on all these and more by visiting iloveny.com. I LOVE NEW YORK has partnered with more than 100 lodging properties across the entire Empire State to offer Fall Getaway Packages starting at $89 per night and more than 20 gas-related incentives.  Consumers feeling the pinch of current economic times will find value-minded vacation packages making it possible for anyone in need of a break to get away in New York State this fall.  The special promotion is running now through November 15 and may be planned by visiting www.iloveny.com/fall. In addition to iloveny.com, foliage reports are also available by calling the New York State Travel Information Center at 1-800-CALL-NYS. # # # About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions.  New York’s attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Whether it’s wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers.  For more information visit www.iloveny.com.  Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.