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Just past peak conditions throughout Adirondacks; visit fallgetaways.iloveny.com ATTENTION EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS AND METEOROLOGISTS: This is the fifth 2009 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, NY - Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program has released its fifth 2009 Fall Color Report for New York State. Brilliant peak colors are expected to arrive in the Catskills region and parts of the Central-Leatherstocking region this weekend, according to field observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. Travelers to the Adirondacks will find a mixture of peak and past peak conditions with plenty of stunning fall hues remaining. Please note that high winds forecasted for parts of the state may have an adverse effect on the foliage, with greater than usual leaf droppage. In the Catskills, Delaware County is calling for peak foliage with nearly 100 percent color change highlighted by brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves. Also look for peak conditions in the Saugerties area of Ulster County, with around 95 percent color transition and bright orange, red and yellow leaves. Sullivan County should see between 80-90 percent color change with average-to-bright leaves of varying shades of copper and gold, interspersed with ruby red and russet brown and green. Foliage in the county will be peak in the northern portion, near peak further south. Ulster County leaf peepers based in Kingston are predicting that the breathtaking glory of the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains will be on full display this weekend as fall foliage hits its peak. Expect to find both mountain ranges bathed in autumnal hues of gold, red, orange, yellow, bronze and burgundy. Foliage spotters at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount are also call for peak this weekend, as are those in Greene County. Overall, the Adirondacks region is transitioning from peak to just past peak (I LOVE NEW YORK's color-coded foliage map indicates ‘past peak') with plenty of spectacular fall color remaining for weekend travelers. At Whiteface Mountain in Essex County, expect nearly 100 percent color change and just past peak leaves of beautiful, deep, rich shades of red. Lake Placid will also be just past peak, with between 90 and 100 percent color change and bright splashes of red, orange, gold, yellow with mixing with the emerging brown and remaining green leaves. In northern Warren County, foliage spotters in North Creek and Blue Mountain Lake are calling for nearly 100 percent color change with bright red, orange, yellow and gold leaves. Conditions are just past peak and oak trees are still mostly green. The Franklin County communities of Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake are gracefully making the transition from peak to past peak and you can expect average hues of bronze and copper predominating with a lovely new display of golden yellow amidst the diminishing green. Foliage spotters in Speculator and Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County predict nearly complete color change, with hushed tones of orange and reds covering the landscape. While the call is for just past peak, there are still plenty of pockets of peak foliage remaining. Herkimer County leaf peepers in Old Forge are calling for peak-to-just past peak conditions this weekend, with between 90-100 percent color change and some fantastic areas of still-peak foliage. The Lake Champlain area of Essex County should expect between 30-50 percent color change with occasional sparks of really bright color, including a good share of yellow, orange, red and dark red leaves. In the Lake George area of Warren County, look for midpoint to near-peak foliage, with shades of red, orange, bronze and yellow. Foliage spotters in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region based in St. Lawrence County predict 80-90 percent color change in the northern portion of the county (near peak), and 95 percent or more change in the southern portion (peak). Look for bright shades of yellow, orange and burgundy. Jefferson County spotters based in Alexandria Bay are predicting near-peak leaves with very brilliant shades of orange and red. Foliage spotters in Oswego County predict a 60-70 percent color change this weekend. Just passing mid-point, the majority of leaves are very bright, while some are just beginning to change. The colors you are most likely to see are all shades of reds and oranges, with a few yellows emerging. A wide range of expected foliage conditions have been submitted by Capital-Saratoga region leaf peepers. In Saratoga County, near-peak to peak colors are advancing rapidly with the cooler weather. Overall, look for about 90 foliage change in the county, with greater color transition in the northwestern portion. Rensselaer County should also see a range of foliage stages. In the eastern portion of the county, around Grafton, look for colors at around peak, with 80 percent or more transition, and predominating shades of red and orange. In the southern portion of the county, expect 45-60 percent change, 50-65 percent in the northern sections. Foliage spotters in these areas report a full range of colors, with leaves of bright purple-red, red, orange and yellow. Green is vanishing, but some trees are still not changed in the western and southern portions of the county. Color change is also advancing rapidly in Albany County. In Voorheesville, look for colors quickly transitioning from midpoint to near peak in the Thatcher Park area. Bright yellow and orange leaves predominate, with touches of red. Schenectady County foliage spotters are calling for foliage approaching midpoint of color change, with orange and yellow leaves predominating along with splashes of red and still plenty of green. In the Central-Leatherstocking region, Otsego County foliage observers predict peak colors and 85 percent transition this weekend. Predominating hues are yellow and red, along with some brown, of average brilliance. Also calling for peak this weekend are spotters based around the Greater Binghamton area of Broome County. Look for bright red, yellow and orange leaves quickly overtaking the last of the green. Foliage between midpoint and near-peak is predicted by Schoharie County leaf peepers. Expect to see brilliant yellow, orange, red and purple mountainsides. Southern Herkimer County is projecting near peak leaves, with 60-70 percent color change and moderate-to-bright gold, orange, yellow leaves along with splashes of bright red emerging everywhere, especially on the hillsides. Madison County projects midpoint-to-near peak foliage by the weekend, with a lot of orange and brown leaves. Leaf droppage is minimal and the brilliance average. Oneida County is also expecting midpoint-to-near peak leaves with 60-70 percent color change and predominating colors of orange, gold and yellow, with highlights of deep red and crimson. In Chenango County, foliage should be at midpoint of change, with 45 percent color transition and yellow leaves of average brilliance joined by bright red and orange highlights. Greater Niagara region foliage change should range from approaching midpoint to midpoint by the weekend. In Erie County, foliage spotters in Buffalo are calling for about 50 percent color change with dark, deep scarlet leaves continuing to dominate throughout the area. Bright yellow leaves remain the second most visible color in higher elevations. In Niagara County, look for 45-50 percent color change with bright yellow, orange and red leaves quickly overtaking the green leaves. Orleans County foliage spotters predict around 40 percent color change with shades of yellow and with touches of red. In Wyoming County, foliage spotters in Castile, home of Letchworth State Park, are predicting 25-35 percent color change along with a brilliant palette of emerging red, orange, gold and yellow emerging leaves. Genesee County leaf peepers predict 25 percent color change by the weekend. You'll spot many solitary trees complete changed surrounded by the summer's green. Predominating fall colors are shades of red and orange. This weekend foliage conditions in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region should range from midpoint to near peak. In Cattaraugus County, foliage spotters at Allegany State Park predict near peak leaves, with 70 percent color change and red, yellow, gold and orange leaves predominating, and some leaf droppage. Color is advancing rapidly toward peak within the park and the 50 percent-changed hardwoods are providing a nice variety of coloration to the hillsides. Foliage spotters in Little Valley predict 65 percent color change along with brilliant shades of yellow and orange predominating, along with red and green leaves. In Chautauqua County, foliage change will be at midpoint, with 55 percent transition expected and emerging shades of orange and red. Spotters in Belmont in Allegany County predict 50 percent color change and bright red, orange and yellow leaves predominating and purple highlights. Near-peak foliage is expected to make its first Finger Lakes region appearance this weekend in Steuben and Chemung counties. In Steuben County, look for 75-80 percent color change and bright shades of gold, orange and red. Chemung County is calling for near peak conditions and 65 percent color transition with a colorful array of red, gold, rust and purple shades of average-to-bright brilliance and some yellow and green leaves remaining. Foliage change in the Rochester area and Monroe County should be around midpoint by the weekend, with deciduous trees such as the Locusts, the Hickories, Ginkgo and others are showing subdued green-yellow coloration. Russet-colored leaves are showing in White Ash trees and there is only a scattering of Oaks, Sugar Maples and Red Maples displaying red-hued leaves. In Seneca County, expect between 30 and 40 percent color change; the predominating fall color is still yellow, with summer shades of green holding on and sporadic appearances of red and orange leaves. Tompkins County is projecting 30 percent color change with bright fall shades of red, yellow and orange. Cayuga County is also projecting 30 percent color transition with a brilliant mix of gold, red and yellow leaves emerging. In Onondaga County, foliage spotters predict 25 percent color change by the weekend, with a smattering of red, yellow and purple leaves of average brilliance. The Hudson Valley will see a wide range of foliage change this weekend. In southern Ulster County, look for 60 percent color change around the Highmount area and bright, beautiful shades of red and yellow. Foliage change in Columbia County will range from 50-70 percent (near peak) with bright yellow and orange leaves joined by splashes of deep red. You'll find more areas of predominantly green leaves in the southern valley areas of the county. In Dutchess County, look for 30-40 percent color change as the green leaves are giving way to somewhat muted shades of yellow and burnt orange, with splashes of very bright red and dark purple leaves. Conditions are described as being at midpoint of change in the very northern sections and just beginning in points south. Orange County is calling for 30 percent color change this weekend with bright touches of red, orange and purple. In Westchester County, expect 25-30 percent color change highlighted by bright shades of yellow, orange and red. More change has been noted in the northern portion of the county. Foliage spotters in Rockland County at Bear Mountain State Park predict 25 percent color change with yellow, orange and red fall colors of average brilliance. Foliage change in the New City area of the county is also just beginning. Color change is starting to take place on Long Island and in New York City. Out in the Hamptons, expect 20 percent change as touches of reddish-brown leaves begin to emerge. To the east, in western Suffolk County and Nassau County, expect around 15 percent change with red and yellow leaves joining the predominately green landscape. In New York City, color change should be approximately 10 percent with muted shades of yellow just starting to appear. 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 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 email@example.com. 400 Reasons to Hit the Road in New York State This Fall: visit fallgetaways. iloveny.com If New York's spectacular colors aren't enough to get you out on the road this autumn, I LOVE NEW YORK is giving another great reason to love New York. As part of its continuing celebration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, the state's tourism agency is promoting over 400 deals, discounts and free things-to-do around the state. Now through Nov. 23, vacationers will find the ingredients for a perfect fall getaway, whether a quick day trip or weekend escape, at www.iloveny.com/fall. Travelers will find nearly 200 lodging deals, along with great discounts on attractions, food and wine, shopping, and transportation. With everything from hayrides to theater tickets to wine tastings, families can easily choose the perfect deal for their excursions. This year I LOVE NEW YORK has partnered with JetBlue to offer deeply discounted fares from New York City to Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester. Travelers can also hop on Amtrak with a 20% discount on fares to any New York State destination and get a 5% discounted rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car from the rail station. 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.