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New York Fall Foliage Report

Beautiful peak and near-peak foliage spreading throughout Long Island and NYC

Eastern Long Island, New York City to be near peak this weekend

This is the ninth and final 2017 Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend.

Week of November 8 - 14

Colorful peak foliage will spread throughout western Long Island this weekend as near-peak conditions arrive on the eastern portion and in New York City, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. I LOVE NEW YORK defines “peak” foliage as the period when the leaves are displaying their best overall appearance of the season.

On western Long Island, leaves will be near or at peak through the coming weekend and into next week with about 90 percent color change and yellow, orange, red, purple, green and brown leaves of average brilliance. The region’s parkways are displaying lots of fall color as are many of the parks. Some areas are still at mid-point, while others, especially around lakes and ponds, are now past peak; however, on average, western Long Island’s fall foliage should be the most colorful over the next week. On eastern Long Island, spotters reporting from Riverhead in Suffolk County expect near peak foliage this weekend with 60 percent color change and red, orange, brown, purple, yellow and green leaves of average brilliance. Peak foliage should arrive in the area in about eight days.

Leaves should be near peak in New York City, according to spotters reporting from the Morris Park section of the Bronx. Expect 50 percent color change and red, yellow, orange and light green leaves of average brilliance. Peak foliage should arrive in about 7 – 10 days.

In the Finger Lakes region, spotters reporting from the Greater Rochester area of Monroe County say that this will be the last weekend to spot good remaining color. This weekend, look for past peak conditions with gold, yellow, red, dark red, russet and some orange leaves ranging from average to bright brilliance and 58-90 percent color change. In Yates County, spotters reporting from Rushville predict foliage will be past peak this weekend with more than 90 percent color change and bright shades of orange, red and yellow. In the Greater Niagara region, look for slightly past peak leaves in Niagara County with 90 percent color change and a full range of bright fall color.

Foliage in other areas of the state is now past peak.

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