Thursday, September 24, 2020

Adirondack fall foliage reaching midpoint

This fall foliage report for Sept. 23-29 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY

Franklin County

In the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab spotters in Franklin County report that recent frosty nights have brought out the fall colors and the foliage change will be at least 50-55% this weekend.

Some areas expect even greater change, with leaves approaching near-peak conditions. Look for above-average shades of pineapple, buttercup, mahogany, copper, apricot, tangerine, plum, bittersweet, and ruby.

Reports from Saranac Lake expect up to 50% change with maples displaying rich red leaves, sugar maples displaying a variety of orange and orange-red hues, and birches beginning to turn yellow. Malone should see 20% color change with mostly green leaves along with some yellows and reds.

Essex County

In Essex County, foliage spotters in Lake Placid predict 50% change this weekend, with bright shades of red and burnt orange leaves. Color change at Whiteface Mountain will be slightly less progressed at 35%, with bright reds and oranges, and a touch of purple. The area around the mountain can expect 30% leaf change with shades of red and orange.

Reports from Newcomb predict 40% change with mostly green leaves and bright pops of reds and yellows; higher elevations are much more colorful with bountiful shades of red.

Foliage change continues in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain, with 20% transition highlighting yellows, russets, and occasional orange-red leaves. Look for more color in higher elevations, inland from the lakeshore, and to the north. In Ticonderoga, reports predict 25% change with a bright mix of fall color.

Hamilton County

In Hamilton County, look for 50% change around Lake Pleasant. Leaves are transitioning quickly, with average to bright shades of orange and red rapidly appearing across the landscape.

Herkimer County

Spotters reporting from Old Forge in Herkimer County expect 50% color change with red leaves of above-average brilliance and average shades of yellow and gold.

St. Lawrence County

In the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County, look for 40% change with shades of yellow and red.

Warren County

In Warren County, spotters in Queensbury predict 25% change with red and yellow leaves.

Clinton County

Clinton County reports from Plattsburgh predict 20% change with touches of red. Expect 15-20% transition north of the Town of Lake George, with some red, orange, and yellow, while south of the town should be 10-15% with mostly yellow leaves.

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