foliagemapchannel13-7.jpgLower elevations now seeing optimal foliage conditions This is the seventh 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, NY - Despite rain and wind taking a toll over the past week, the progression of beautiful peak fall foliage continues across New York State, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. This weekend, look for mostly peak conditions in the Greater Niagara, Capital-Saratoga, and Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes regions. In the Capital-Saratoga region, peak foliage is projected for Albany County. Observers in the City of Albany expect 60 percent leaf change with the predominating fall colors of orange and yellow. Elsewhere in the county, observers in the Thacher Park area of Voorheesville expect just past peak conditions with bright yellow and red leaves. In Saratoga County, there's still time to catch peak leaves in the low-lying valleys, where spotters have observed vibrant bursts of bright reds, deep oranges and bright yellows. In Rensselaer County, color change will be around 85 percent. Observers note that while many trees have lost leaves, there are still some areas with beautiful autumn hues, varying from purplish-red, to red and yellow, along with significant amounts of green. In the Greater Niagara region, look for peak colors in Erie County where there is a nice mix bright red, gold and purple leaves. Niagara County will see near peak to peak foliage with 65 percent color change and a muted mix of yellow, orange and green leaves. Genesee County will also see near peak to peak conditions this weekend. With 10 percent of the trees having lost their leaves and seasonal weather expected for the coming week, the best chance to see optimal color will be this weekend and next week. In the Hudson Valley, Columbia County is projecting 70 percent leaf change and peak foliage with golden yellow and deep red leaves. In southern Ulster County, look for 75 percent change, as a nice mix of reds and yellows have overtaken the remaining green leaves. Orange County expects peak to just past peak foliage with 75 percent color change and a beautiful mix of bright yellow, gold, red and orange leaves. In Rockland County, spotters at Bear Mountain State Park predict near peak foliage with 65 percent color change and mostly bright fall colors of yellow, orange and red. Also in Rockland County, New City observers expect conditions from midpoint of change to near peak this weekend, with bright yellow, red and orange leaves overtaking the remaining green. Westchester County foliage spotters project 40 percent change with deep gold leaves predominating and a few reds and oranges mixed in. The colors are muted but still lovely. Most of the Finger Lakes region will see peak foliage this weekend. In Livingston County, the color change is just about complete and there is a nice mix of yellow, red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Steuben County will see peak to just past peak conditions with 80 percent color change and yellow, red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Wayne County will be at peak with 75 percent color change and red, gold and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Onondaga County, expect peak foliage with very bright golden yellow, beautiful red and stunning purple leaves. Chemung County will see 65-70 percent color change and a mix of peak to past peak conditions. Look for average to subdued color displays of yellow, gold, red, purple and burnt orange. Foliage in the Rochester/Monroe County area is a mix of midpoint to peak conditions. Some trees have lost many leaves due to wind and rain, some trees are vibrant in color, and some are still green. Overall, there is about a 60 percent change in leaves, with yellow-green and yellow-colored leaves of average brilliance predominating and more trees now covered in red and orange leaves. Ontario County is checking in with 70 percent color change and peak conditions marked by shades of bright red, orange, and gold. Yates County expects peak foliage with 75 percent color change and bright shades of orange and yellow, along with hints of red. Seneca and Cortland counties are just past peak. Most reporting stations in the Central New York region are past peak, however you'll still find peak foliage in Schoharie County, where 85 percent color change is predicted along with a bright mix of orange and red leaves. Although the foliage season in the Adirondacks is for the most part over, the Champlain Valley area along the eastern portion will be near peak to peak this weekend with 65-90 percent color change and more colors in the higher elevations. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, conditions are mostly past peak, however peak foliage is projected for the Belmont area of Allegheny County with 80 percent color change and yellow, red and orange fall colors. On Long Island, foliage change will be at 55 percent in the Hamptons with muted shades of red and dark gold. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties expect 40 percent color change with yellow, red and orange leaves starting to overtake the predominating green. New York City foliage spotters expect 30 percent change with brilliant yellow, orange and red leaves mixed among the still predominantly green trees. Other areas of the state are now past peak. 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 http://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. 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
Phone: (518) 292-5274
E-Mail: escheffel@empire.state.ny.us