Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fall foliage: Rain seems to have boosted the color change

foliage report wk 3

This is the third 2022 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.  

In the Adirondacks, Franklin County foliage spotters in Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab expect 55-60% color change this weekend with muted to average fall colors of carmine, beet, cranberry, marmalade, marigold, apricot, daffodil, pineapple, banana, amber, and auburn. Recent precipitation seems to have invigorated leaf transition, which is expected to be at midpoint of change. Foliage should also be at midpoint of change in Saranac Lake, with around 50% leaf transition and a good mix of fall colors including pops of red, orange, and shades of purple. In the northern portion of the county, spotters in Malone predict 30% leaf change with red, orange, and yellow leaves of average brilliance.

Essex County spotters in Lake Placid also anticipate foliage around midpoint of change, with 40% leaf transition and bright, beautiful shades of orange and red. Wilmington spotters at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area and the surrounding area also predict that foliage will be at midpoint of change with 25-40% transition and average to bright red, green, yellow, and orange leaves. Spotters in Newcomb expect leaves to approach midpoint of change with 30-35% transition and green leaves gradually yielding to seasonal orange and yellow, plus increasing shades of red. Near Lake Champlain, reports from Crown Point predict up to 20% foliage change with some golden yellows and rusts, and an occasional bright yellow or a flash of orange.

In Herkimer County, Old Forge spotters are predicting foliage at midpoint of change this weekend with 55% color transition and mostly red and orange leaves, along with some emerging yellows. Hamilton County observers in Lake Pleasant expect foliage at midpoint of change with 50% transition and rapidly emerging bright shades of red and orange, while Long Lake reports predict 40% change and muted shades of red, purple, and orange. Spotters are predicting 35% color change in Benson at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, with leaves nearing midpoint by the weekend and showcasing shades of red, purple, and yellow.

In Clinton County, Plattsburgh spotters anticipate at least 25% foliage change this weekend, with some red among the muted green and yellow leaves. Lake George spotters in Warren County are predicting 25-40% color change. Towns in the northern parts of the county including Chester and Hague are closer to 40% and offering a good mix of deep reds, yellows, and oranges of average brilliance, while towns in the southern parts of the county, including Lake Luzerne, have more golden yellows and oranges of average brilliance. Spotters in Queensbury are predicting just 20% foliage change by the weekend with muted yellow and purple leaves, along with a touch of red. In the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County, spotters from Lampson Falls in Clare predict 10% change by the weekend with sugar maples showing off some bright red leaves.

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