foliagemap_channel13-week-2-2012.jpgBest hues this weekend in Adirondacks, Catskills

This is the second 2012 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. - Beautiful fall color is continuing to emerge throughout New York State and will be most prominent in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. In the Adirondacks, Franklin County observers based in Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake have predicted color change of up to 45 percent by the weekend, with some areas approaching near peak  conditions (‘peak' being as beautiful as the foliage will appear during the season). In these areas you'll find leaves with a burgundy glow amidst the shades of yellow, mustard, pumpkin and scarlet. Cold nights earlier in the week appear to have significantly advanced the colors in high peaks of the Lake Placid area of Essex County. This weekend, expect about 40 percent color change with predominate fall colors of orange and yellow with some burgundy and red. The colors diminish as you descend in elevation through the Whiteface area and Keene, which should both see around 20-25 percent change. In Warren County, observers in North Creek and Blue Mountain Lake expect up to 40 percent color change in elevations above 2,000 feet, with red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Lower elevations in the northern part of the county will see about 15 percent change, while there is very little change expected in south Warren County. Observers in Old Forge in Herkimer County expect 35 percent change with burgundy leaves of muted brilliance emerging along with splashes of reds and yellows. Color change here is reported to be a little slower than usual. In Hamilton County, foliage spotters in Speculator expect 30 percent color change with purple, burgundy and some yellow fall colors. Schroon Lake area observers in Essex County predict between 10-15 percent leaf change, with mostly reds and some yellows predominating. A few individual trees are in full color, but the majority are just starting. In the northern portion of Hamilton County expect about 25 percent color change, in the southern portion, about 15 percent. Colors are above average in Indian Lake and Long Lake. Reds are starting to develop well, and yellow and orange leaves are just starting to show. Just behind the Adirondacks in terms of color change, the Catskills region will see up to 40 percent foliage transition in the Saugerties area of Ulster County, with bright yellow, orange and a little bit of gold autumn color. Observers in the Ulster town of Highmount, at Belleayre Mountain, expect around 25 percent change with mostly yellow fall colors along with hints of red. Delaware County should see about 25 percent color change with touches of red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Ulster County spotters in Kingston, Woodstock and Phoenicia expect about 20 percent change with bright pale yellow and gold leaves. In Greene County, observers in the town of Catskill predict 20-25 percent change with fall shades of burnt orange, red, yellow and purple of average brilliance. Sullivan County leaf peepers are calling for up to 10 percent change with touches of bright red and gold. In the Capital-Saratoga region, look for around 20 percent change in Northville and Benson in Fulton County. Twenty percent of the foliage has changed at Peck's Lake, with significantly more change possible by the weekend. Fall colors are shades of yellow, with touches of purple, gold and red. In Rensselaer County, fall color remains low in the western part of the county, with about 5-10 percent change expected by the weekend. More color, around 10-15 percent, is showing in the eastern and northern parts of the county and in higher elevations. Predominating colors are red and light yellow. Observers in Schenectady County are expecting 10 percent change by the weekend, with more transition taking place around the Mohawk River in Schenectady. Look for bright shades of yellow and splashes of red. Albany County spotters based in Voorheesville around the Thatcher Park area predict 10 percent change with bright yellow and touches of red leaves.

In Central New York, foliage observers in the town of Mohawk in southern Herkimer County predict 20 percent leaf change by the weekend, with some yellow and red leaves of average brilliance emerging. In Broome County, leaf peepers based in the Greater Binghamton Area say there will about 15 percent change by weekend, with some bright red and yellow leaves starting to break through the green background. Otsego County spotters in Cooperstown are also calling for 15 percent change with predominately yellow fall colors, along with some orange of muted brilliance. Also expecting 15 percent color change is the Utica area in Oneida County. Yellow and amber leaves predominate with slight hints of orange and red. Foliage change is still in the ‘just beginning' stage throughout the Finger Lakes region, although pockets of color up to 30 percent changed are predicted for Seneca County with average shades of yellow, and pockets of up to 20 percent change in Cortland and Ontario counties. In Cayuga County, Auburn should see 15 percent change, and Syracuse, in Onondaga County, expects just past 10 percent color change by the weekend, with touches of yellow and red leaves emerging. Other areas of the state report 10 percent or less 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 http://www.iloveny.com/. 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: #Fall4NY on Twitter. Simply type #Fall4NY into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State's fall colors, best places to see them, as well as fun fall events throughout the state. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@esd.ny.gov. 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@esd.ny.gov or (518) 292-5274. CONTACT:       Eric Scheffel Empire State Development (518) 292-5274 escheffel@esd.ny.gov Melanie Klausner M. SILVER ASSOCIATES (212)-754-6500, ext. 243 Melanie@msilver-pr.com