Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fall foliage report: Past peak, but still pretty

This fall foliage report for Oct. 7-13, 2020 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY

Essex County

In the Adirondacks, foliage is reaching peak in Essex County in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain, with more than 95% color transition predicted for this weekend. Look for a very bright mix of yellows, oranges, reds, and purples. In Ticonderoga, reports predict 75% change with bright red, yellow, and green leaves, along with some purple. Foliage spotters in Lake Placid predict past-peak conditions with 100% color change and muted shades of red, yellow, and burnt orange. Reports from Newcomb predict complete transition and past-peak foliage with bright reds, oranges, and yellows. At Whiteface Mountain, foliage will be just past-peak with shades of red, orange, and green, along with remaining touches of purple and yellow. The area around the mountain will also see past-peak conditions, with mostly muted reds.

Clinton County

Clinton County reports from Plattsburgh predict 70% change and peak leaves showcasing bright reds, yellows, and oranges.

Franklin County

Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab spotters in Franklin County predict 90% color change with just-past-peak leaves. Moderate temperatures, no frosty nights, and plenty of sunshine are adding up as the ideal ingredients for a picture-perfect finale, featuring cinnamon, copper, honey, dandelion, ginger, pumpkin, saffron, magenta, raspberry, and paprika leaves of above-average brilliance. Reports from Saranac Lake expect past-peak conditions with 90-95% color change and shades of gold, orange and yellow. Leaf droppage has been reported, but plenty of colorful leaves remain on the trees. Malone is expected to be peak to just-past-peak with nearly complete color change and average-to-bright shades of orange and yellow, along with some shining reds.

Hamilton County

In Hamilton County, look for nearly complete foliage change and peak conditions around Lake Pleasant. Leaves are rapidly changing, with very bright shades of red and orange emerging.

Warren County

Warren County will see a beautiful weekend for foliage lovers. The county’s northern communities of ThurmanHagueJohnsburg, and Chester should expect 80% color change with beautiful shades of golden yellow, brilliant deep reds, and bright oranges. South of Lake George, look for 60% change with mostly yellows and orange, along with some reds. Spotters in Queensbury predict 75% change and near-peak foliage with bright-to-brilliant red, orange, and yellow leaves.

Herkimer County

Spotters reporting from Old Forge in Herkimer County expect 100% color change and past-peak foliage with some bright orange and yellow leaves.

St. Lawrence County

Foliage in the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County is now past peak.

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