Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Fall foliage: At the peak

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This is the fifth 2023 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.

Picturesque peak fall colors continue to emerge across New York State and are expected in parts of the Adirondacks, Catskills, Central New York, Chautauqua-Allegheny and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions this weekend. (Click here to see a gallery of fall foliage from Explorer readers.) This is according to the field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, Clinton County spotters in Plattsburgh predict peak foliage with 95% leaf change and shades of yellow and orange. In Essex County, peak colors should hold into the weekend in Lake Placid, with nearly complete leaf transition and brilliant shades of deep red, rich golden yellow and warm orange. Spotters reporting from WilmingtonJayUpper Jay, and Au Sable Forks predict past-peak leaves with total leaf transition and a mix of muted to average pockets of errant reds, larger quantities of lingering yellows and oranges, and areas of browned leaves and bare trees. At Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, spotters anticipate past-peak foliage with more than 90% leaf change and bright red, orange, yellow leaves, along with a few remaining shades of green. Leaf droppage from last weekend’s storms was less than expected.

Spotters at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center in Crown Point predict foliage at midpoint of change with 50-70% transition and patches of russet, yellow-golds, and occasional oranges and reds. Around Ticonderoga, look for at least 25% change with the stage of change ranging from midpoint to peak, depending on the location, and shades of green, orange and brown of varying brilliance. Newcomb observers anticipate past-peak foliage with muted shades of red, yellow and orange, along with significant leaf droppage.

In Franklin County, reports from Malone predict peak foliage with bright red, orange, green and some yellow leaves. Spotters stationed in Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab expect foliage to be past-peak with 95-100% color change and taxicab yellow, goldenrod, russet, mahogany, leather, turmeric, saffron and merlot-colored leaves of average brilliance. With October temperatures some of the warmest on record, the remaining leaves are still providing some worthwhile vistas. Foliage will also be past-peak in Saranac Lake with nearly complete leaf change and about 50% leaf droppage, and mostly yellow leaves remaining.

In Warren County, spotters in Lake George are predicting near-peak foliage with 75-85% change and a good mix of fall colors including bright yellows, vibrant oranges and fiery reds, while Queensbury observers predict 75% leaf change and near-peak foliage with a nice mix of bright yellow, red and orange leaves.

In Lewis County, reports from Lowville anticipate foliage will be past-peak by the weekend with more than 90% change and mostly muted orange leaves, while spotters in the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County in Wanakena predict past-peak foliage and nearly complete leaf change. It is expected that most deciduous leaves will have fallen by the end of the weekend.

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