As leaves start to change in North Country, New York’s fall foliage reports begin
The colorful change of fall foliage is upon us, and the season’s first I Love New York fall foliage report says the change is starting in the North Country.
New York State’s colorful foliage season has just begun, with the first signs of spectacular fall colors appearing in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Central New York, Capital-Saratoga, Thousand Islands-Seaway, and Hudson Valley regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.Spotters reporting from the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County expect 5-10% color change this weekend with average touches of red beginning to appear.
In Franklin County, spotters in Saranac Lake project a still mostly green landscape by the weekend with about 10% color change including some pops of red and yellow. Spotters reporting from Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab project 5-10% color change as the summer greens are starting the progression to autumn splendor with traces of mustard, goldenrod, and copper. As usual, the soft maples are supplying a sporadic, scarlet splash. Spotters in the Malone area of the county predict up to 10% color change this weekend with some vibrant shades of yellow and red emerging.
In the Adirondacks, Herkimer County spotters reporting from Old Forge in the Town of Webb predict about 20% color change by the weekend, with average leaves of gold and yellow. Spotters in Essex County checking in from Lake Placid predict just 10% color change for the coming weekend with some muted shades of red, orange, and yellow beginning to appear. Spotters at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington expect about 10% color change this weekend with some bright red, yellow, and orange leaves. The area around Whiteface Mountain should also see about 10% color change with slightly muted fall colors beginning.
The report, online at www.iloveny.com/seasons/fall/foliage-report/, charts color foliage conditions across the state, and will be updated each Wednesday through the end of autumn.