Finger Lakes reaching ‘peak’ for fall foliage this weekend

The latest report from the Empire Center has been released and the Finger Lakes is officially reaching peak season for fall foliage. While we have been receiving many great photos of the fall foliage over the last week, the center expects that the best conditions will be this weekend. Next week, the region will fall back into ‘past peak’ conditions, which means that the best views will be behind us.

Read what the Empire Center had to say below in their most-recent report.

Beautiful peak foliage continues to progress throughout the Finger Lakes region and into its final destinations in the Greater Niagara, Hudson Valley, Central New York, Thousand Islands-Seaway and Chautauqua Allegheny regions, while Long Island will see near peak foliage this weekend, according to spotters for Empire State Development’s I Love New York program.

In the Finger Lakes region, color progression was slower than expected in the Syracuse area over the past week. Near peak to peak conditions will remain through the weekend.
Spotters reporting from Syracuse University campus expect just about 60 percent color change for the weekend, with a considerable amount of green leaves remaining. The brilliance of the leaves is average and the predominating colors include touches of yellows and oranges. Peak foliage will arrive in Schuyler County this weekend. Spotters in Watkins Glen expect 95-100 percent color change and yellow, orange and red leaves of mixed brilliance. In Wayne County, spotters reporting from Lyons expect near peak conditions and 75 percent color change. Look for shades of yellow, along with touches of red and orange, and some remaining green leaves.

Spotters reporting from Rochester in Monroe County predict 70-80 percent color change this weekend with near peak conditions. There was considerable leaf droppage due to heavy wind and rain over the weekend. Yellow is the predominate color, along with some orange, red and brown leaves of average brilliance. Spotters reporting from the Brighton area of the city predict 70-75 percent color transition and peak to just past peak foliage for the weekend. The brilliance of the leaves is average and the predominating colors are yellow, yellow-green, dark red, and orange. About 25-30 percent of the foliage is still green or has dropped. Near peak foliage is expected this weekend in Seneca County, with 75 percent color change and a bright mixture of yellows, oranges and reds, with small hints of purple in some spots. Cayuga County spotters reporting from Auburn predict near peak foliage with 50 percent change, and leaves of yellow and green with touches of gold and orange of average brilliance. In Yates County, foliage will be at the midpoint stage with about 60 percent change this weekend. Lots of green leaves remain along with orange, red and yellow leaves of exceptional brilliance, and some patches of muted brown.

Foliage spotters in Steuben County predict nearly complete color change with bright to very brilliant shades of red, orange, gold and yellow and a mix of peak to past peak conditions for the weekend. In Livingston County expect just past peak foliage with 60-70 percent color change. Spotters reporting from Geneseo note that the brilliance is starting to fade, but the colors, including shades of red, yellow, orange, burgundy and green, are still vibrant in sunlight.

In Ontario County, spotters reporting from Canandaigua expect nearly 100 percent color change and past peak conditions this weekend. Wind and rain have taken a lot of the leaves from the trees, however some muted to average shades of yellow, orange and tan remain, with occasional bright reds and deep, dark reds. Expect about 90 percent color change and past peak conditions in Cortland County. Leaves are still bright and the predominating colors are shades of red, green and orange.

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