Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2016

New York Fall Color 9/22/16

New York Fall Foliage reports

The beautiful colors of autumn continue to gradually emerge across New York State, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I Love New York program.

In the Adirondacks, in the Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab areas, expect just-beginning to near-midpoint conditions with about 30 percent change by the weekend. Spotters there note predominant colors of brass, copper, saffron, maize, goldenrod, burgundy, cranberry and a burst of cerise from the soft maples, and are optimistic that the areas’ warm, sunny days and cool nights will be the prime catalyst for a spectacular, long, foliage season.


Great viewing sites include the Wild Center (in Tupper Lake) and the Mt. Arab fire tower. Spotters in Lake Placid, in Essex County, project up to 25 percent change with muted shades of mustard and some yellows, along with isolated scarlet leaves on the few red maples that have begun to change. The sugar maples have yet to show their usual bright oranges.  In Herkimer County,Old Forge observers project 20 percent change by the weekend with touches of burgundy and dark red leaves and some emerging shades of yellow and orange. Warren County spotters reporting from North Creek predict 20 percent change with brightening orange and red leaves.

In Hamilton County, leaf peepers in Speculator project 15-20 percent change with touches of red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Franklin County spotters in Saranac Lakeexpect 15 percent change by the weekend with gold and red leaves of average-to-bright brilliance. Indian Lake observers predict up to 15 percent foliage change. Spotters in the Franklin County town of Malone expect 10-15 percent change with some red leaves of muted brilliance. In Essex County, spotters in Ticonderoga expect 10 percent change with some yellow, red and orange leaves of average brilliance.

In the Capital-Saratoga region, spotters in Fulton County based in Gloversville expect up to 20 percent color change with touches of muted yellow, orange and rust-colored leaves beginning to emerge. Spotters in Amsterdam in Montgomery County project similar change for the weekend. In Rensselaer County, color change will range from 10-15 percent with color remaining low in the valley and more apparent in the county’s eastern and northern portions and on the higher elevations. Look for emerging patches of red and light yellow leaves. Fulton County observers reporting from Lapland Lake in Northville expect 10 percent change with dull burgundy and red leaves, along with some shades of yellow and orange beginning to emerge. Look for up to 10 percent change in the Glenville area of Schenectady County with touches of red and yellow leaves of average brilliance.

In the Catskills region, foliage spotters reporting from Catskill in Greene County expect up to 10-15 percent color change by the weekend. Look for hints of muted red and yellow in the higher peaks, where the maples are just beginning to change. In Ulster County, look for up to 20 percent change in the Saugerties area with mostly gold and yellow leaves, along with some bright red leaves. In the Kingston area, 10 percent color change is expected.  Delaware Countyspotters project 15 percent change with touches of muted red and gold leaves. Some isolated trees have completely changed color.

In Central New York, leaf peepers in Howes Cave, in Schoharie County, expect 20 percent or more color change by the weekend. Leaves there are just beginning to change and are still green with some yellow highlights. Herkimer County spotters based in Mohawk expect 20 percent change with touches of red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Madison County spotters based in Morrisville predict 15 percent change with the mostly green backdrop slowly giving way to shades of yellow, orange and some red leaves. In Oneida County, expect 10-15 percent color change in the Utica area. The color is still predominately green, but yellow and gold leaves are appearing, along with slight hints of orange and red. Binghamton area spotters in Broome County expect 10 percent change with bright red and yellow leaves emerging. In Otsego County, Cooperstown spotters expect 10 percent change with shades of orange and yellow.

In the Finger Lakes region, spotters in Elmira, in Chemung County, predict 15-20 percent change with a slight increase in muted orange and brown leaves from last week. Tompkins County spotters in Ithaca expect less than 20 percent change with yellow and red highlights of average brilliance. Reports coming in from spotters in Monroe County range from a high of 10-15 percent expected change to less than 5 percent change. Trees are mostly green with some yellow trees and some of mixed red and green colors. There continues to be little change in the foliage near Lake Ontario.

Expect up to 15 percent change in Geneseo in Livingston County with emerging bright yellow and red leaves. In Seneca County, look for 10 percent color change with hints of yellow leaves appearing in some smaller trees. Cayuga County spotters project 10 percent change with touches of gold, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Reports from the Syracuse area in Onondaga County range from 5-10 percent expected change for the weekend with gold, orange, yellow and some red leaves of average brilliance.

In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region expect slightly less than 15 percent change in the Little Valley area. Shades of green are the predominate color with yellow hues and some reds of average brilliance. In the Greater Niagara region, spotters in Perry, in Wyoming County, expect 10 percent color change. Trees are still mostly green, but some have started to change to red and yellow. In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, spotters in St. Lawrence Countyexpect less than 20 percent change with some red and yellow leaves of dull to average brilliance. Oswego County spotters expect 15 percent change by the weekend. In northern Oswego County, the foliage is gradually changing to reveal orange and red tints of average brilliance. In southern Oswego County, leaves are changing more slowly, showing red and orange colors of average brilliance. Jefferson County spotters based in Alexandria Bay expect just up to 10 percent color change. Color change is expected to remain low throughout the Hudson Valley. Look for up to 10 percent change in the Poughkeepsie area of Dutchess County with touches of bronze and orange leaves. Expect about 10 percent change in Orange County with some red and yellow leaves of average brilliance.

Other reporting stations throughout the state expect less than 10 percent change.

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