foliage_2011_2.jpgMost significant changes expected for Adirondacks and Catskills regions This is the second 2011 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 fall colors across New York State is continuing at a slow but steady pace, with the most significant changes expected for the higher elevations of the Adirondacks and some areas of the Catskills and Central New York regions, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. In the Adirondacks region, look for up to 35 percent color change by the weekend in the Tupper Lake/Mt. Arab areas as muted-to-average shades of yellow, red and orange leaves start to emerge from the fading green landscape. The stage of color change by the weekend should be approaching midpoint. In Hamilton County, foliage spotters in Indian Lake expect around 15 percent leaf change, with shades of red leading the changed leaves, along with some orange and yellow starting to show. In Essex County, leaf peepers in the Lake Placid area expect no more than 10 percent color change, with shades of yellow and gold along with a tiny hint of red starting to emerge from the leafscape. Old Forge in Herkimer County is also expecting 10 percent color change, with some splashes of red and orange leaves. In the Catskills, foliage spotters in the Saugerties area of Ulster County are calling for 15-20 percent color change by the weekend, with gold and yellow leaves of moderate brilliance predominating the changed foliage. Foliage spotters in Sullivan and Delaware counties expect around 10 percent color change. In Sullivan County, mustard and yellow leaves are emerging; in Delaware County look for highlights of orange and red. In the Central New York region, Otsego County foliage spotters expect 15 percent color change with touches of muted yellow and orange leaves emerging. In the Hudson Valley, foliage spotters in southern Ulster County, around Highland, expect 10 percent leaf change by the weekend, as do those in Columbia County. In the Capital-Saratoga region, look for around 10 percent color change in Schenectady County with bright red, along with some yellow, leaves beginning to appear at the base of tree canopies. Foliage spotters in Little Valley in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region county of Cattaraugus expect around 10 percent color change with small touches of reds and yellows starting to show. In the Finger Lakes region, spotters in Seneca County expect up to 10 percent color change by the weekend.

The rest of the state's reporting stations expect less than 10 percent color change. Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online 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. You may also hear highlights of the foliage report by dialing (800) CALL-NYS. For additional New York fall foliage information including select sneak previews of the week's I LOVE NEW YORK Fall Foliage Report, follow the hash tag: #ILoveNYFallColors on Twitter. Simply type #ILoveNYFallColors into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State's fall colors and where to find the best places in the state to see them. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@empire.state.ny.us. Special Editor's note: Some areas of the state, particularly eastern New York were heavily affected by Hurricane Irene. Subsequent rain has also affected areas of Broome and Tioga counties. Some attractions in these areas are closed and in certain areas non-local travel is generally not advised, or advised with caution. We urge you to call your destination ahead for local road conditions and information about alternate routes that may be necessary to plan your trip. For further travel and traffic information visit 511ny.org. 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 (ESD) | escheffel@empire.state.ny.us| (518) 292-5274