foliagemap_102908.pngThis is the fourth 2010 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. Albany, N.Y. - Following a week that included unseasonably warm weather, bright and beautiful fall colors have begun to come out in force across New York State, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. Overall, color change is most advanced in areas of the Adirondacks, Catskills, Capital-Saratoga, Thousand Islands-Seaway, and Chautauqua-Allegheny regions.  In Essex County, nearly 100 percent foliage change is expected at Whiteface Mountain in where the stunning backdrop of red and gold leaves will add to a perfect setting for the annual Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday. Just a little bit to the southwest, peak and slightly past peak foliage is expected in the Lake Placid area. Look for more than 95 percent color change and vivid colors across the spectrum, with reds and oranges dominating the hillsides. The Old Forge area of Herkimer County has seen some magnificent foliage this autumn; this weekend look for peak and just past peak conditions with almost complete leaf change and a nice mixture of oranges and golds contrasting beautifully with the evergreens. If you're in the area, the best view of the Central Adirondacks and the Fulton Chain of Lakes is from the chairlift to the top of McCauley Mountain. In the Indian Lake area of Hamilton County, 100 percent leaf change and peak conditions are expected this weekend, with shades of rust and red predominating. Franklin County spotters in Tupper Lake are calling for just past peak foliage with 95 percent color change and muted hues of copper, bronze, pumpkin, burgundy, goldenrod and mustard amidst the diminishing green. A new display of golden yellow is expected soon in the area. In Warren County, foliage spotters project 100 color change and very bright peak colors or orange, yellow and red at elevations of 1,500 feet in and around North Creek. In the southern portion of the county, foliage spotters in the Lake Luzerne area are predicting bright, beautiful near peak colors for the weekend.   In the Catskills region, peak foliage is expected in Delaware County. Predominate fall colors include brilliant shades of orange, amber, gold and red. Spotters based at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount are projecting near peak foliage this weekend with a brilliant array of yellows, reds, oranges and greens. The area's higher elevations are greener than lower lying areas. Near peak foliage will also be found in the Catskill area of Greene County, where 60-70 percent transition is expected along with the predominating fall colors of red, yellow and orange. In Sullivan County, spotters based in Monticello expect 60 percent color change and near peak conditions with very brilliant Goldenrod yellows, burnt oranges, ruby reds and russets. The show has finally begun in earnest in Ulster County.  This weekend expect to see 50-60 percent change in the Catskill Mountains, which are blanketed in hues of yellow, orange and gold, with splashes of red and orange. The Shawangunks should be glorious with about 50-55 percent change and hues of red, orange and gold. Fall color is coming on strong in the southern portion of the Capital-Saratoga region. In Rensselaer County, near peak to peak conditions are expected this weekend in the Grafton area. Spotters predict 75-80 percent color change with a nice mixture of bright red and orange leaves. In the western part of Albany County, spotters in the Voorheesville area expect a mixture of midpoint and near peak color this weekend, as the change in the lower lying areas outpaces that on the hills. Expect a nice mixture of bright yellows and oranges with splashes of red and between 55 and 75 percent color change, largely depending on the elevation. Color change is expected to be at midpoint in Schenectady County, with 50 percent transition. The rapidly changing colors include bright shades of yellow and gold, with splashes of red. In Saratoga County, look for about 40 percent change this weekend, as bright shades of yellow, red and orange come to the forefront over the remaining green. In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, foliage spotters in southern portion of St. Lawrence County project peak conditions this weekend with about 100 percent color change and bright shades of red, orange and yellow. In the northern part of the county, look for near peak leaves about 85-90 percent changed displaying an average-to-bright mix of rust and yellow accompanied by splashes of red and orange. Jefferson County spotters based in Alexandria Bay are calling for near peak foliage with 75 percent leaf change and brilliant yellow and red leaves. In Oswego County this weekend, look for 50 percent change along the Salmon River. You'll find a blend of rust, orange and yellows among the paler greens, while bright reds and scarlet continue to emerge. Along the Oswego River and Lake Ontario, look for about 30 change and more subtle colors. In Cattaraugus County, expect near peak to peak foliage this weekend, with around 65 percent color change. Dull yellows and oranges predominate over the rapidly changing greens. Foliage spotters at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County expect 60 percent foliage change with yellow and orange leaves predominating and red starting to show. At the park, the trees have quickly changed over the past week and some hills are almost completely changed while others are still mostly green. In Chautauqua County, foliage change will be at midpoint with 50 percent transition and a bright mix of orange and yellow shades coming on strong. Allegany County is also calling for foliage change at around 50 percent and bright red, orange and yellow fall colors. Peak foliage is expected this weekend in the Binghamton area, where Broome County foliage spotters are calling for 75 percent color change and a nice mix of bright red, orange and yellow leaves. Also in the Central New York region: in Chenango County, foliage change will be at midpoint with 60 percent leaf transition and bright touches of red, yellow and orange leaves. Southern Herkimer County spotters expect 50 percent change with many yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance contrasting nicely with the green. In Schoharie County, also look for 50 percent leaf change and a muted to brilliant mix of warm burgundies, flaming reds, lively oranges and goldenrod. Oneida County spotters expect 40-50 percent change and predominating colors of amber, gold, orange and brown highlighted with splashes of burgundy and red. The leaves of Madison County have really begun to change.  In the higher elevations of the southern part of the county, expect around 60 percent transition and near peak conditions this weekend.  Expect to see a lot of yellows, and burnt orange shades as the ash trees progress ahead of the maples. North of US Route 20, look for about 40-50 percent change and foliage change at midpoint. In the Greater Niagara region, the past week brought very cool temperatures to Wyoming County ... along with bursts of yellow, orange and bright red foliage. Spotters in the county expect a 50 percent color change by the weekend.  Orleans County leaf peepers expect around 40 percent change with muted yellows predominating. In Niagara County, expect around 35 percent color change with some orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance amidst the still predominately green backdrop. Erie County spotters in the Buffalo area are projecting between 20 and 25 percent color change this weekend as bright clusters of orange leaves are beginning to predominate. You'll also see some areas of deep burgundy and bright, almost-neon, yellow leaves. Genesee County foliage spotters expect just about 20 percent change by the weekend with yellow and red leaves set against the predominately green backdrop. In the Finger Lakes region, Chemung County expects to see about 50-55 percent color change and a mixed landscape with bright shades of orange, rust, gold and purple. The stage of change in the county will vary from midpoint to near peak. Steuben County foliage spotters expect to see 50 percent color change by the weekend, with green, yellow and orange leaves, along with some red and green. It will be midpoint of change in the southern part of the county, still just beginning in Corning/Keuka Lake area.  Foliage spotters in Tioga County expect 50 percent color change and orange, yellow and green leaves of average brilliance. In Oneida County, look for 40-50 percent color change and leaves of average brilliance. There's still a lot of green with the changing colors dominated by amber, gold, orange and brown highlighted by splashes of burgundy and red. Orleans County projects 40 percent change with average-to-bright colors of gold, orange and yellow along with accenting reds. Some hillsides continue to have more green than fall color. In Onondaga County color transition should be at midpoint with 30-35 percent change, as increasing amounts of bright yellow, red and purple leaves pop out from the predominately green backdrop. Wayne County spotters expect 30 percent change with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Cayuga County, look for 25 percent color change and a bright mix of green, red and gold leaves. Yates County is also expecting 25 percent change, with red leaves, as is Livingston County, with fall colors of gold, orange and red, and Schuyler County, with bright fall shades of orange and yellow. In Monroe County, foliage spotters based in Rochester expect between 25 and 35 percent color change this weekend. Some tree stands are very attractive to the eye because of the presence of red, yellow, gold, orange, and russet, but most of the coloration is average. Trees are still mostly green with some Red and Sugar Maple trees showing red coloration. There is some russet coloration in the White Ash trees, and yellow coloration in Locusts, Hickory and Sweet Birch. In Ithaca County look for about 10 percent color change with some red, yellow and orange leaves emerging. In the Hudson Valley, leaf peepers in the Columbia County town of Hudson expect 50 percent color change by the weekend, with bright yellow and orange leaves. Around the southern Ulster County community of Highland expect about 50 percent change with a bright and beautiful mix of yellows along with some deep reds and oranges. Dutchess County foliage spotters project a mixture of near peak and peak conditions this weekend. Along the north-south Hudson River corridor, look for near peak foliage; in the eastern portion of the county expect peak foliage. The colors have really progressed here over the past week and leaf peepers can expect to see a nice mix of bright yellow, gold and orange leaves, along with some very dark red/maroon shades. In the southern portion of the region, foliage spotters in White Plains in Westchester County expect just around 20 percent change, as do those in the New City area of Rockland County. Goshen area spotters in Orange County are expecting 15 percent color change by the weekend, with some red and yellow leaves of average brilliance just starting to appear.  Color change will still be under 10 percent on Long Island and in New York City. Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online New York's weekly I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage color reports continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first week in November. Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the season, reports are updated online to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state. The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at http://www.iloveny.com/. Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS (800/225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada. From all other areas, the number is 518/474-4116. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@empire.state.ny.us. Look for Foliage Updates on Twitter and Facebook You can also get early foliage updates, plus access to each Wednesday's full foliage report, via I LOVE NEW YORK's Twitter (twitter.com/I_LOVE_NY) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/iloveny) pages. Also, check the I LOVE NEW YORK Flickr page (www.flickr.com/photos/officialiloveny) for photographs of this season's gorgeous fall foliage. I LOVE NEW YORK recently became the first state tourist organization to break the 30,000 followers mark on Twitter. 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Editor's Note to Meteorologists: If you would like to directly receive I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage reports along with high-resolution versions of the weekly color progression map, please contact Eric Scheffel at escheffel@empire.state.ny.us or (518) 292-5274. CONTACT: Eric Scheffel Empire State Development (518) 292-5274 escheffel@empire.state.ny.us