Thursday, October 6, 2022

Fall foliage report: Peak (or near-peak) conditions

foliage map week 4This is the fourth 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.

Gorgeous peak fall colors are expected in the Adirondacks this weekend, with beautiful near-peak leaves to be found throughout most of the Catskills, plus parts of the Chautauqua-Allegheny, Thousand Islands-Seaway, and Finger Lakes regions, according to field observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, travelers to the Tupper Lake area in Franklin County will find beautiful peak foliage this weekend with 90% color change, according to spotters at Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab Lake. Bright, breezy days and frosty nights have accelerated leaf change with a splendid palette of saffron, turmeric, yam, curry, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, eggplant, dandelion, buttercup, caramel, vermilion, and chili pepper-colored leaves, while mums and asters adorn the forest. Foliage will also be at peak in Saranac Lake with 85% color change with a bright and brilliant mix of reds, oranges, and yellows. In Malone, spotters are predicting 45% color change with an evolving array of bright red, yellow, and orange leaves.

In Hamilton County, spotters in Lake Pleasant predict peak foliage this weekend with 95% color change and average to bright red and orange leaves. Most areas seem to be changing rapidly, and with little leaf droppage. Long Lake observers note an accelerated rate of change and are expecting near-peak foliage with 85% transition and brilliant shades of red, yellow, and purple, along with some bright orange. Look for pockets of leaves at higher elevations to be at peak, with lower elevations a day or two behind. Spotters in Speculator anticipate peak foliage with more than 75% change highlighted by bright yellows and reds. Greater foliage change is expected at higher elevations. Benson spotters at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center are expecting near-peak foliage with 70% change and very brilliant shades of red, yellow, and purple.

In Herkimer County, spotters in Old Forge predict peak colors this weekend with 90% leaf change and an abundance of brilliant reds, especially on the shores of lakes and rivers. All shades of orange are flourishing, with golds and yellows in abundance against the green pines.

In Essex County, spotters in Newcomb predict peak conditions this weekend with 80-90% transition and very bright orange and yellow leaves, plus splashes of bright red on the mountains and along roadsides. Lake Placid spotters expect near-peak leaves with 85% color change and brilliant yellows, along with bright shades of orange, red, and burnt orange. Ticonderoga foliage should be around 60% color change and passing midpoint, with shades of yellow, peach, and some red. Spotters at Whiteface Mountain and the surrounding area expect near peak conditions with 40-60% change and very bright orange, yellow, red, and green leaves, while reports from Crown Point predict foliage at midpoint of change with 40-50% color change with shades of gold, yellow, rust, highlighted by occasional bright orange or red.

In Clinton County, Plattsburgh reports anticipate foliage around midpoint of change with 40% color transition and increasing amounts of red and yellow leaves. Warren County foliage will be nearing peak in Queensbury, according to spotters who predict nearly 70% change and bright orange and red leaves. Conditions are slightly behind that in nearby Lake George, with 40-55% color change and a scenic blend of crimsons, brilliant yellows, and striking oranges. Overall, the northern portion of the county will be past midpoint, while some trees in the southern parts of the county have mostly unchanged leaves.

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