This is the fourth 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 have begun to appear in the Catskills region of New York State, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. This weekend, look for peak leaf conditions in Delaware and Greene counties, and in some of the lower elevation areas of the Adirondacks region. In the Adirondacks region, Herkimer County foliage spotters in Old Forge predict peak colors with near complete leaf change by the weekend with bright and beautiful shades of orange, gold, red and russet making a nice contrast with the evergreens. In Essex County, leaf peepers at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington expect peak fall foliage conditions by the weekend with 70 percent color change and brilliant shades of orange and red predominating. Nearby in the Lake Placid/High Peaks area, foliage is just past peak. Shades of gold, yellow and orange predominate, while shades of bright red can be found in isolated spots. Color change is slightly lower, not quite yet peak, in the valley area of Keene. In Franklin County, foliage observers in the Mt. Arab/Tupper Lake area expect a wide range of fall hues just past peak, with 90-95 percent transition. The wide-ranging spectrum includes the predominating shades of russet, canary, goldenrod, copper, burgundy, pumpkin and scarlet. In northwestern Warren County, reports coming in from North Creek, Blue Mountain Lake, the Upper Hudson River Gorge, Newcomb and Long Lake note that foliage above 2000 feet will be at or just slightly past peak this weekend. At elevations of 1000 feet color is changing quickly. Colors are bright and include red, yellow and orange. Observers in Hamilton County based in Indian Lake expect conditions generally around peak for the coming weekend, with some areas appearing to be near peak and others just past peak. In southern Warren County, color change will be at midpoint, with 30-50 percent change depending on the area; more color will be found to the northwest. Lake George observers note that colors include vibrant, beautiful shades of yellow and orange, along with a few shades of red and rust. Up to 60 percent change is being projected for the Willsboro area of Essex County, near Lake Champlain. Look for an impressive show of bright reds highlighted with pumpkin, and shades of gold and yellow. Peak color has arrived in the Catskills. Delaware County expects peak foliage with 85 percent change and a mix of very bright shades of red, orange and yellow. In Greene County, foliage spotters based in Catskill, expect peak leaves with 90-100 percent color change by weekend with very brilliant shades of red and orange, along with some shades of yellow, brown and green. County spotters based in Lanesville also expect peak leaves this weekend, with 75 percent change and colors of light green, amber, yellow, gold, purple and crimson. Some instances of just-past-peak leaves are projected for areas near Tannersville and Hunter. Sullivan County will be near peak this weekend, with 60 percent change and an array of bright orange, brilliant red, burgundy and bronze leaves. In the Catskill region portion of Ulster County, foliage spotters expect 75 percent change by the weekend for the Kingston, Woodstock, and Phoenicia areas. Gold, deep red and bright orange predominate. In Highmount, leaf peepers at Belleayre Mountain report that the changing colors of fall are in full swing with approximately 70 percent of the leaves changed and some spectacular color including lots of reds and oranges, along with yellows and different shades of green. The color stage is projected to be at midpoint of change to near peak. In the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County observers in Northville and Benson expect 75-90 percent color change by the weekend with near peak to peak conditions and average to bright fall colors of red, orange and yellow. In Rensselaer County, expect 40-50 percent color change with even more color showing in the eastern and northern parts of the county (50-65 percent). Look for various shades of bright orange, yellow, and red. Saratoga County foliage spotters based in Saratoga Springs expect midpoint of change with 40 percent color transition and bright, vibrant yellows, oranges and reds visible throughout much of the area, along with subtle shades of gold mixed in. In Albany County, it will be midpoint of change in the Thacher Park area of the Helderbergs. Bright shades of yellow and red predominate. In Central New York, Town of Mohawk foliage spotters in Southern Herkimer County, expect 80 percent color change by the weekend with bright shades of red, yellow and gold and near peak to peak conditions. In Oneida County, Utica can expect between 75-80 percent color change by weekend, with some areas near peak. The leaves are of average brilliance in most of the county, with very bright colors in the northern portion of the county. Look for various shades of orange, gold, bronze and amber, highlighted with vibrant shades of yellow and a splash of red here and there. Northern Oneida County should be at peak this weekend, with orange, gold, purple and reds predominating. Spotters in Norwich, in Chenango County, expect near peak foliage with 65 percent color change. Look for fall colors of yellow, red and orange. Otsego County spotters based in Cooperstown are calling for 50-60 percent transition with brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow and near peak conditions. In Broome County, foliage will be nearing peak this weekend, with bright orange, yellow and crimson leaves. Madison County will also be near peak with 50 percent color change and bright shades of yellow and orange in the Morrisville area and reds predominating in the eastern towns near Hamilton. Schoharie County will be at midpoint of change by the weekend, with red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance predominating. Color will be between the early and midpoint stages in the Greater Niagara region. In Erie County, look for midpoint of color change with 30-35 percent color change and red and orange leaves come to the foreground, along with shades of yellow, purple and rust. In Niagara County, expect 30 percent color change with red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Wyoming County spotters based in Castile also expect 30 percent color change with red and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Batavia, Genesee County leaf peepers expect 20 percent color change with yellow and gold leaves predominating. Finger Lakes region foliage will be no more than at midpoint of change by the weekend. Tioga County foliage spotters predict 60 percent color change by the weekend, with yellow, orange and green leaves of average brilliance. In Elmira, Chemung County, expect 55 percent color change with a mix of bright shades of orange, red and yellow leaves. Schuyler County foliage spotters based in Watkins Glen expect 50 percent color change with leaves of greenish yellow, orange and some red. Seneca County foliage spotters project 50 percent change with bright shades of yellow, red and purple. Cayuga County is projecting 50 percent change with bright red and gold leaves; Livingston County projects 50 percent change with brightening shades of red, orange and some yellow. In Tompkins County, look for 40 percent change with red, orange and yellow fall highlights. Onondaga County foliage spotters based in Syracuse expect more than 30 percent color transition by the weekend, with bright shades of red starting to spring forth, along with many shades of yellow and touches of purple. Wayne County can also expect around 30 percent color change this weekend with touches of yellow and orange leaves. Ontario County is starting to see some small patches of bright colors along roadsides, including orange and yellow. Higher elevations in Canandaigua and Naples are still quite green, including the hillsides. Foliage spotters reporting from Monroe County, expect color changes between 20-30 percent by the weekend. Fall colors include average to slightly brilliant shades of yellow, as seen in the maples, locusts and birches, and reds, as seen on sugar maples. In Steuben County, look for 25 percent color change with shades of yellow and occasional bursts of orange and bright scarlet. Yates County is projecting 20 percent color change with pockets of soft vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Cortland County will be at 15 percent color change with touches of red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Hudson Valley foliage will range from midpoint of change to still in the early stages this weekend. In the Ulster County towns of New Paltz, Esopus, Highland, and Marlboro leaves are showing the full autumnal palette of bright gold, vibrant orange and blazing red and should be around midpoint of change by weekend, with 50-60 percent color transition. Foliage spotters based in Highland expect 60 percent leaf transition with bright shades of red and yellow. In Columbia County, spotters in the City of Hudson project 40-50 percent color change with yellow, orange, yellow and some deep red leaves of average brilliance. Rockland County foliage observers at Bear Mountain State Park expect 30 percent color change with some yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance. Spotters in New City expect just 15 percent color change. In Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie leaf peepers predict 25 percent change by the weekend with red and rust, yellow and gold, and deep brick red leaves of average brilliance. Westchester County spotters based in White Plains expect 35 percent change with leaves of gold and yellow. In Orange County, spotters based in Goshen expect 25 percent color change with bright shades of red, yellow, wine, copper and orange. In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, spotters in the St. Lawrence Seaway area expect 70 percent color change with orange, red and yellow near peak leaves. Jefferson County is expecting 80 percent color change and near or at peak leaves of bright yellow, orange and some red. Spotters reporting from Oswego County along Lake Ontario and the Oswego River basin expect foliage near midpoint of change, as oaks and maples trumpet shades of red and orange amidst the bronze forests, creating a scenic backdrop against the rolling hills and golden cornfields. Look for 30 to 40 percent color change by this weekend. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, near peak conditions and 75 percent color change is expected at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County. Look for fall colors of orange, yellow and red average brilliance. Colors may peak midweek. In Cattaraugus County, Little Valley foliage spotters are calling for 60 percent color change with bright shades of yellow, orange and red, and near peak to peak conditions. On Long Island, foliage spotters in The Hamptons expect 35 percent color change as touches of red and gold leaves are beginning to emerge. Foliage spotters in Nassau and western Suffolk counties expect ?25 percent change with yellow, red, orange and purple fall colors of average brilliance. New York City foliage is still in the early stages of color change.
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