foliagemap102908.jpgGo to for the latest color reports and money-saving travel offers ATTENTION EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS AND METEOROLOGISTS: This is the fourth  2009 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 -- Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program has released its fourth 2009 Fall Color Report for New York State. Gorgeous colorful peak foliage is expected to make its first appearance in the Adirondacks region this weekend, according to field observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. Color is also advancing rapidly in the Catskills region and should be near peak in most areas there.  This weekend, look for nearly complete color change and peak conditions at Whiteface Mountain in Essex County, with leaves of deep, rich red and gold. To the west, in the Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake areas of Franklin County, spotters are calling for 85-90 percent color change marked by an abundance of brilliant yellow and orange leaves accented by sporadic reds, which are quickly overtaking any remaining green. Old Forge leaf peepers in Herkimer County are predicting peak foliage, with bright shades of red, orange, and gold contrasting beautifully with the evergreens. Foliage will range from peak to just emerging from the early stages in Warren County. The best colors in the county will be found around the Upper Hudson River Gorge area, with 95 percent color change. In the Middle Hudson River Gorge areas of North Creek and Warrensburg, look for near-peak foliage with around 80 percent change. Predominating colors in both areas are bright red, yellow, gold and orange. Further to the southeast, the Lake George area should see color changes of up to 30 percent, with a nice display of red, bronze and yellow leaves set within the still predominantly green backdrop. Lake Placid in Essex County is also predicting peak foliage, with plenty of brilliant reds and oranges rapidly covering the remaining spots of green. Foliage spotters in southern Hamilton County, around the Speculator and Lake Pleasant areas, expect to be near peak with up to 70 percent color change. Colors there are starting to show more contrast, with various shades of red, yellow and orange now taking center stage from the green. In the Lake Champlain areas of Essex County, it's still in the early stages. Just 15-20 percent change is expected with relatively muted shades of orange and yellow and occasional sparks of very bright reds. A blanket of near-peak foliage will cover most areas of the Catskills region this weekend. In Ulster County, Saugerties foliage watchers expect 80 percent color change marked by bright orange, red and yellow leaves. Sullivan County observers are calling for 75 percent change, with varying shades of gold, burnt orange, purple and red leaves of average-to-bright brilliance. Ulster County spotters based around Kingston expect 65-75 percent change, with bright yellow and orange, and fiery red leaves predominating, along with some deep burgundy leaves. Twinges of green from Pine and other Evergreen trees are helping to create a landscape with bold contrast. In Delaware County, look for 60 percent or more color transition and an abundance of bright red and orange leaves. Observers at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount predict between 50-60 percent color change by the weekend and midpoint-to-near-peak conditions. Look for a nice mix of bright shades of red. Greene County will be around midpoint of color change, with 40-50 percent transition and bright shades of red, orange, yellow and purple. In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, St. Lawrence County foliage observers expect 70 percent color change in the southern portion of the county and 45 percent change in the central and northern sections. Predominating colors throughout the county are average-to-very bright shades of yellow, orange and red. Foliage change throughout Oswego County will be around 50-60 percent by the weekend, with southern county areas - especially those along the Oswego River - showcasing a gorgeous array of scarlet, maroon, orange, gold and bright yellow hues. From Pulaski to Redfield along the Salmon River the colors are more muted but should be much brighter by the weekend. Spotters in Alexandria Bay in Jefferson County expect foliage to be at midpoint of change, with yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance.

Foliage in the Capital-Saratoga region will range from near peak in areas of Saratoga County, to just emerging from the early stages in Schenectady County. In Saratoga County, up to 75 percent color change is predicted for the northwest areas of the county, with less change to the south. Look for leaves of red, yellow and orange overtaking the remaining green backdrop. You will also see a variety of foliage conditions in Rensselaer County, with up to 55 percent change around the East Grafton and Petersburg areas. In the western and southern parts of the county, expect between 25 and 30 percent color change. Predominating fall hues include bright reds, oranges and yellows. The color change is more dramatic at higher elevations and some leaf droppage has been noted. In Albany County, foliage around the Thatcher Park area in Voorheesville will be at midpoint of change (up to 40 percent), with bright shades of yellow and orange leaves accented by touches of red. In Schenectady County, color change will average around 35 percent with green leaves still dominating the emerging shades of yellow and splashes of red. Most of the Chautauqua-Allegheny region will be at midpoint of color change by weekend. Color is advancing rapidly in most areas of Allegany State Park, with 50 percent transition expected by the weekend. Predominating fall colors are red, orange, yellow and gold; however there are some areas of the park that remain mostly green. Foliage spotters in Cattaraugus County expect 45 percent color change, with red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Chautauqua County foliage will be approaching midpoint by the weekend, with 40 percent color change and shades of orange and yellow steadily emerging over the green backdrop. Also expect around 40 percent color change with red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance in the Belmont area of Allegany County. In the Central-Leatherstocking region, the Greater Binghamton area of Broome County is expecting 55 percent or more color change and midpoint-to-near-peak foliage for the weekend, with mix of bright green, red, orange and yellow leaves. Madison County foliage observers are calling for 40 percent color change, as are southern Herkimer County observers, who note that more color can be seen outside of the valley. In Oneida County, Utica-based foliage spotters predict 30-40 percent color change, with the fall colors dominated by gold, amber, orange and brown, along with splashes of red and burgundy. Schoharie County projects up to 30 percent change by the weekend. Greater Niagara region foliage spotters are reporting leaves still in the early stages of change. Niagara County should see about 30 percent color transition by the weekend, with bright yellow, orange and red leaves popping out of the green backdrop. In Erie County, spotters project 25-30 percent color change, with vivid dark scarlet leaves dominating the fall palette and brilliant yellow leaves expanding in pockets throughout the region. In Wyoming County expect about 20-30 percent color change in the Castile area around Letchworth State Park and touches of yellows and oranges emerging. Genesee County will see approximately 15 percent color change by the weekend. Sumac there is turning red, however many red leaves have been knocked down by rain. Foliage change in the Finger Lakes region is still mainly in the early stages, however colors are expected to have advanced to midpoint of change by the weekend in Chemung and Cortland counties. In Chemung County, expect 50 percent color transition and a mixed-color landscape with bright shades of orange, rust, gold, purple, yellow and red leaves. Cortland County also expects 50 percent color change and a mix of red and gold fall colors of average brilliance. Ontario County spotters predict 35-40 color change, with bright shades of orange, red, amber and russet. In the Rochester area and the surrounding communities of Monroe County, color change will range from 30 to 35 percent. The area's deciduous trees such as the Locusts, Hickories, Ginkgo and others are beginning to show subdued yellow coloration, while russet-colored leaves are showing in White Ash trees. Only a few of the Sugar Maples and Red Maples are displaying light-red-hued leaves. Tioga and Livingston counties each expect to see 30 percent color change this weekend. Look for bright orange, yellow and red leaves in Livingston County, and more subdued shades of yellow and orange in Tioga County. Steuben County projects 25-30 percent change, with green, yellow, gold and orange leaves of average brilliance. Onondaga, Seneca and Cayuga counties will see about 20 percent color change this weekend; Tompkins County, 15 percent. In the northern portion of the Hudson Valley, expect 30-40 percent color change in Columbia County, where green leaves are giving way to bright yellow and orange leaves with splashes of deep red. In southern Ulster County, foliage spotters in Highland predict 30 percent color change highlighted by bright, beautiful leaves in various shades of red and yellow. Dutchess County projects 20-25 percent color change, with bright yellow leaves being joined by splashes of orange and some dark purples and maroons. Westchester County is calling for 20 percent color change. Other areas of the state expect 10 percent or less color change. Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online New York's weekly I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage color reports continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first week in November. Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the season, reports are updated online to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state. 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 Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS (800/225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada. From all other areas, the number is 518/474-4116. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to 400 Reasons to Hit the Road in New York State This Fall: visit fallgetaways. If New York's spectacular colors aren't enough to get you out on the road this autumn, I LOVE NEW YORK is giving another great reason to love New York. As part of its continuing celebration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, the state's tourism agency is promoting over 400 deals, discounts and free things-to-do around the state.  Now through Nov. 23, vacationers will find the ingredients for a perfect fall getaway, whether a quick day trip or weekend escape, at Travelers will find nearly 200 lodging deals, along with great discounts on attractions, food and wine, shopping, and transportation.  With everything from hayrides to theater tickets to wine tastings, families can easily choose the perfect deal for their excursions. This year I LOVE NEW YORK has partnered with JetBlue to offer deeply discounted fares from New York City to Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester.  Travelers can also hop on Amtrak with a 20% discount on fares to any New York State destination and get a 5% discounted rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car from the rail station. 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