Beautiful Peak Colors Continuing Progression Through Adirondacks
Most areas of Catskills expected to be near peak by weekend
Week of Oct. 12-18, 2011
This is the sixth 2011 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. – Peak foliage is arriving in lower elevations of the Adirondacks along with parts of the Catskills, Central New York and Chautauqua-Allegheny regions, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.
In the Adirondacks region, the high peaks and higher elevations are reporting in with past peak conditions with above average colors in bronze, copper, mahogany, pumpkin, and burgundy, while the valleys and lower levels are still below peak. In Hamilton County, the Indian Lake area has pockets of brilliance with peak to slightly past peak conditions. Warren County is at past peak in the northern areas while the southern regions project 50 percent color change. The Champlain Valley expects up to 50 percent change with more color at higher levels. In the eastern Adirondacks, in Herkimer County, the Old Forge region has bright brilliant golds and russets that make a nice contrast to the evergreens, along with splashes of reds and some orange.
The Capital Saratoga is looking at 50 percent change in low lying areas, while the upper regions are at near peak to peak. The famous overlook at Thatcher Park will see 80-90 percent change and near peak with bright yellows and touches of red. In Schenectady a mosaic of color is projected for this weekend, highlighted by bright gold and yellow leaves. Rensselaer County, on the eastern side of the Hudson River has up to 75 percent color change with a fine mix of bright purplish red along with various shades of red, orange, yellow and enough green left to have a spectacular range of colors.
In the northern Catskills, Greene County will be at past peak at the higher elevations while at peak in the valleys and along the Hudson River. Predominating colors are still red with harvest gold and burnt orange of above average brilliance. Along the Hudson River, Kingston is midway through to peak. There are plenty of bright leaves of yellow and gold, along with splashes of orange. The counties of Ulster, Sullivan and Delaware are all reporting in nearly 100 percent color change with brilliant gold, harvest orange, and red leaves to add the perfect accents to the peak of the fall foliage season.
In the Central New York region, the northern counties of Oneida and Herkimer are at 90 – 100 percent color change with golden bronze, bright orange and peach highlights. Moving south, Schoharie, Otsego, Chenango, and Madison are reporting between 75-85 percent change. Bright reds, yellows, and orange dominate, with hues of rust and crimson. In southern Broome County, Binghamton is just past peak with 75 percent color change and bright golden yellow, burnt orange, crimson and green leaves.
In the western portion of the Greater Niagara region, look for a wide range of color change, from 25-70 percent. Batavia, in Genesee County, reports 25 percent color change with a strong mixture of green along with touches of orange and gold. They also report the Sumac is now about 50 percent burgundy. Orleans County expects 75 percent change with yellows, golds, and purples dominating. Buffalo is predicting 40-45 change percent with bright reds, golden yellows and oranges. And in Niagara County, expect bright yellow and orange leaves, with some green and limited reds; overall change will be 60 percent.
In the Northern Finger Lakes, Onondaga County and Syracuse expect to be near peak with 40 percent change highlighted by golden yellows, beautiful reds, and purples. Moving west, Monroe County and the Rochester area are between 45-55 percent changed with light green and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Wayne County projects 60 percent change with bright reds, oranges, and golds at peak. Along the lakes, Livingston, Tompkins, Schuyler and Seneca counties are between a low of 25 percent at the southern end of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County and 70 percent in Seneca and Tompkins counties. Cortland County expects 80-85 percent color change and is past peak with red, orange and green leaves. The southern Finger Lakes counties of Steuben and Chemung expect 65-75 percent color change with leaves of moderate brilliance and lots of rust colored oranges, yellows and reds near peak.
In the Hudson Valley, most areas will be at midpoint of change. Columbia County expects 45 percent change in the valley and 55 percent change in the northern portion with highlights of muted golden yellow and deep red. Dutchess County will be at midpoint with 40-50 percent change; there are finally more bright spots of russet, dark red, burgundy and still a lot of yellow. In Highland, Ulster County, bright, beautiful reds and yellows have overtaken greens with an overall color change of 50-60 percent expected. Orange County expects 50 percent change with bright yellow, gold, red and all shades of orange leaves. New City, in Rockland County, will be at about 20 percent change with a lot of green leaves remaining, but more yellow, red and orange leaves are starting to appear. Also in the county, Bear Mountain expects 45 percent color change and leaves of yellow, orange and red with green mixed in.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, the Alexandria Bay area of Jefferson County expects 90 percent color change marked by brilliant crisp red, orange and yellow leaves near peak. St. Lawrence County expects 100 percent color change in the Piercefield area, while the St. Lawrence Valley expects 80 percent change with bright foliage. In Oswego County, brilliant shades of red, maroon, orange, amber, gold and yellow leaves predominate; there should be about 60 percent color change along Lake Ontario and the Oswego River.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, color change will be between 75 and 90 percent. Cattaraugus will be past peak and 80 percent changed. Yellows and reds dominate, but there are still splashes of green. Chautauqua County will also be at 80 percent change with orange, yellow and burgundy leaves of average to bright brilliance. Allegany County will be peak to past peak with 90 percent leaf change. Look for orange, yellow and some red highlights.
On Long Island, look for 40 percent color change in the Hamptons, and to the west in western Suffolk and Nassau counties expect 35 percent change highlighted by yellow, red and orange leaves emerging from the predominantly green landscape.