foliage_map_2010_week_2.pngThis is the second 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. - The progression of beautiful fall colors across New York State continues this weekend, as summer shades of green are slowly giving way to the spectacular colors of autumn. In the Adirondacks, foliage change is expected to be around 30 percent and approaching midpoint by the weekend in the Tupper Lake/Mt. Arab area of Franklin County.  Predominating fall colors in the area are dull shades of burgundy, copper and goldenrod. To the east, in Lake Placid, color change is less apparent; up to 10 percent change is forecasted for this weekend. Around the area, look for slight color change on the hillsides and some sporadic instances of colorful poplar and birch trees. At Whiteface Mountain, color change will also be around 10 percent with just a touch of red appearing. To the south, in Hamilton County, Indian Lake expects 15 percent color change, with touches of red and yellow leaves of average brilliance developing slowing among the predominating green leaves. In Herkimer County, foliage spotters in Old Forge project 10 percent color change by weekend, with burgundy, red and orange leaves starting to appear over the mostly green background. Color change in Warren County, while still minimal, is more apparent in the northern portion than the southern. In the Capital-Saratoga region, the most dramatic color change is taking place in northeast portion of Rensselaer County, where 25 percent change is expected by the weekend in areas around Grafton. Predominating fall colors there are bright red and gold. In the western part of the county, look for between 10 and 15 percent color change and autumn colors of red and light yellow. Schenectady County foliage spotters also expect between 10 and 15 percent change by the weekend, with slight traces of red, along with some yellow and gold, starting to show. In Saratoga County look for about 10 percent color change with the mostly green backdrop starting to show some touches of red, yellow and orange.

Just to the south, in the Hudson Valley, spotters in Columbia County are calling for 10 percent color change by the weekend, with some touches of orange starting to show.

In the Catskills, spotters in the Saugerties area of Ulster County are calling for 25-30 percent color change, with bright shades of yellow leaves, along with some gold leaves, starting to predominate. Spotters at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount expect 10-20 percent color change by the weekend, with a little haze of red and yellow leaves starting to break through the green backdrop. Foliage spotters at lower elevations and in southern portions of the county project much less color change. In Sullivan County look for about 25 percent change, with red tips beginning to appear on the green leaves, along with shades of mustard yellow and hints of orange.

Foliage spotters in Central New York expect minimal leaf change by the coming weekend. However, in the Binghamton area of Broome County expect about 15 percent color change with bright yellow and crimson leaves emerging. In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, foliage spotters in Jefferson County's Alexandria Bay are expecting 20 percent color change with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Spotters based along the Salmon River in Oswego County expect 15 percent color change by the weekend. The sugar maples are still green, but the red maples and sumacs are just starting to emerge. Foliage spotters in St. Lawrence County expect no more than 10 percent color change. Color change is just starting to occur in the Greater Niagara region, where foliage spotters in Erie County expect 10-15 percent transition by weekend, and spotters in Niagara County are looking at less than 10 percent change. In the Finger Lakes, Tioga County is projecting 20 percent color change. Slightly more than 10 percent color change is expected around the Syracuse area, with touches of yellow leaves starting to show. Chemung County projects up to 10 percent color change, with more yellow and red leaves starting to shine through the predominately green landscape. The rest of the state reports very minimal change. 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. 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 http://www.iloveny.com/.  Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

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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