Color Change Picking Up in Catskills This is the third 2013 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 peak fall colors are expected to make their first appearance of the season this weekend in the Adirondacks region of New York State, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. Foliage approaching midpoint of change is starting to appear in the Catskills, as well as other areas of the state. In Franklin County, foliage spotters in the Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake areas expect to be at peak with 85 to 90 percent color change by the weekend, with average to brilliant shades of cranberry, scarlet, bronze, pumpkin, goldenrod and russet providing a nice contrast to the few fading greens. In Herkimer County, observers in Old Forge are calling for 80 to nearly 100 percent color change, as color has advanced rapidly over the past week. Look for bright oranges, reds, golds and russets. Near peak foliage will greet visitors to western Essex County this weekend. Spotters on Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington are looking at near peak colors with 45 percent leaf change and brilliant shades of red and orange. Nearby in Lake Placid, expect near peak foliage this weekend with bright gold, red, orange and yellow leaves. The color percentage is much lower in the Lake Champlain area of the county, where it is still predominately green in the valley, with fall colors ranging from 5-20 percent. Foliage spotters in the Hudson River Gorge in the northwest portion of Warren County predict color changes of 75 to 90 percent by the weekend, depending upon the elevation. At elevations of 1500' to 2000' color change will be around 90 percent with bright shades of pastel red, muted shades of yellow and dark shades of red leaves. In Hamilton Country, Indian Lake foliage spotters expect 35 to 40 percent color change. Green still predominates, but shades of red are beginning to take over and variations of yellow and orange are just beginning to emerge. It will be just beginning to midpoint of change in the Lake Pleasant area, midpoint to near peak in Long Lake. In the Catskills region, foliage spotters in Delaware County report that color change really picked up over the past week and that they are expecting up to 50 percent transition by this weekend. Look for average to bright fall shades of red and orange beginning to overtake the fading green backdrop. In Ulster County, leaf peepers reporting from Kingston, Woodstock and Phoenicia expect 40 percent color change by the weekend with vibrant shades of yellow, gold and red, along with splashes of orange. Leaves in Woodstock and Saugerties are quickly turning shimmery gold and fiery red. Foliage spotters at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount also expect around 40 percent color change, with mostly yellow leaves and some intense bursts of red. The leaves of the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County will be around 35 percent changed this weekend with yellows, greens, browns and oranges and some reds of average to bright brilliance. In Sullivan County, around 20 percent foliage change is expected, with pockets of scarlet red, orange and bronze leaves. Fall colors in the outlying portions of the Capital-Saratoga region will be coming on strongest this weekend. In Fulton County, spotters in Northville and Benson are calling for near peak to even some isolated areas of peak foliage in higher elevations, with 50 to 75 percent color change. Look for average to bright leaves of gold, red and orange. Rensselaer County foliage observers expect an average of 20-30 percent color change by the weekend with various shades of yellow, orange and red-colored leaves jumping out of the rapidly changing green backdrop. More is color showing in the eastern and Northern parts of the county - between 25 and 30 percent. In Saratoga Springs, color change will be around 20 percent with average to bright shades of red complemented by gold, amber and orange highlights. In Central New York, spotters in southern Herkimer County expect midpoint to near peak foliage with 40 percent leaf change and bright red leaves with some yellow mixed in. Oneida County also expects up to 40 percent color change with assorted shades of orange, gold, bronze and amber, along with splashes of fiery red. Northern Oneida County is showing more rapid change, with orange, golds and reds predominating. In Chenango County, expect 35 percent change with yellow, red and orange fall colors of average brilliance. Otsego County predicts 30 percent change with yellow, green, red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Both Broome and Madison counties are predicting 25 percent change by the weekend with average to bright leaves of yellow, orange and red. Schoharie County expects 20 percent change. Foliage in the Greater Niagara region is still in the early stages. In Erie County, observers based in Buffalo predict 20 to 25 percent color change with beautiful golden yellow locust leaves and brilliant red maple leaves emerging, along with a bit of rust and copper shades. In Niagara County, Niagara Falls expects to be at 20 percent change with yellow and orange leaves. Wyoming and Genesee counties expect just 10 percent change. Finger Lakes foliage this weekend will be up to 40 percent changed this weekend in the Watkins Glen area of Schuyler County. Predominating colors are yellow with some orange. Seneca County expects about 35 percent change with muted shades of yellow. Tompkins and Tioga counties will be at 30 percent change, with a wide range of colors emerging. Cayuga, Ontario and Onondaga counties expect 20 percent color change by the weekend, with red, orange and yellow leaves emerging. Look for 15-20 percent color change in Chemung County, with more vibrant colors in the higher elevations. In Steuben County, 15 to 20 percent color change is also expected, with splashes of yellow, orange, and scarlet. Wayne County can expect around 15 percent color change, while spotters in Monroe County and the Rochester area are calling for between 10 and 20 percent color change. Colors include yellow, as seen in the maples and birches, and a few red leaves on sugar maples. Livingston County expects just 10 percent change. In the Hudson Valley, spotters are calling for between 25 to 40 percent in Ulster County, with bright shades of red, yellow and gold are emerging. Expect 15 to 20 percent change in Columbia County, with spotters in Hudson noting yellow, orange and deep red leaves of average brilliance. Dutchess County will see between 15 and 20 percent leaf change with reddish brown and yellow-gold leaves emerging over the mostly green backdrop. Orange and Rockland counties will each be at about 10 percent foliage change. Fall foliage change in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region will range from 20 to 50 percent this weekend. In St. Lawrence County, expect 50 percent leaf change in the St. Lawrence Seaway area with orange, red and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Jefferson County observers in Alexandria Bay predict 40 percent change with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Look for 20 to 25 percent color change in Oswego County. Oaks and sugar maples are still just changing, showing more pops of vibrant reds and oranges every day. Look for 20 to 25 percent color change by this weekend. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, foliage at midpoint of change is expected this weekend at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County. Look for 40 to 50 percent leaf transition with muted brilliance and brown, yellow and some red leaves. In Little Valley, spotters expect 35 percent change with muted shades of green, yellow, rush and an occasional bright red. Chautauqua County projects 20 percent color change by the weekend with some pale orange and yellow leaves emerging. On Long Island, foliage observers in the Hamptons expect 20 percent color change by the weekend. Nassau and western Suffolk county observers expect just 10 percent change, with some orange and yellow leaves emerging. New York City foliage spotters expect no significant color change.
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