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Finger Lakes getting closer to mid-point in foliage report

Considerably brighter fall foliage is predicted for this weekend throughout New York State, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Peak conditions will be found in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Central New York, Finger Lakes and Chautauqua-Allegheny regions. I LOVE NEW YORK defines “peak” foliage as the period when the leaves are displaying their best overall appearance of the season.

Brighter colors have emerged throughout the Adirondacks over the past week. In the Whiteface region of Essex County, expect peak to past-peak foliage with nearly complete leaf transition and bright red, yellow, orange and green leaves. Colors have come on strong over the past week. Foliage is past peak in the higher elevations.

This weekend, expect 90 percent foliage change with bright orange, red and yellow leaves, despite significant leaf droppage. Leaves will be at peak in the town of Minerva. Expect 90 percent color change and red, yellow and brown leaves of average brilliance. Lake Placid has seen a late emergence of brilliant color over the past few days. This weekend, look for just past peak conditions with some bright, beautiful shades of orange, yellow, gold and red.

Foliage will reach near peak in other areas of the region this weekend. Tompkins County spotters reporting from Ithaca predict near peak leaves this weekend. Look for 75 percent color change and purple, yellow and orange leaves predominating along with some green and some bright red leaves of average brilliance. In Tioga County, Owego foliage spotters expect midpoint conditions heading toward near peak this weekend. Look for 65 percent color change and muted yellow, brown and green leaves.

In Seneca County, foliage should be near midpoint of change with 60-65 percent color transition and increasingly brighter leaves of green and yellow, along with hints of red and orange. Spotters checking in from the Corning, Hornell, Bath, Hammondsport and Keuka Lake areas of Steuben County expect midpoint to near peak conditions this weekend with 60 percent color change and bright red, burgundy, gold, yellow and orange leaves.

In Cayuga County, Auburn spotters predict foliage at midpoint of change this weekend with 60 percent transition and orange, red, yellow and green leaves of average brilliance. Foliage at midpoint of change will be found throughout Cortland County, according to spotters there. Look for 50 percent color change and red, yellow and green leaves of average brilliance.

In Ontario County, expect 45 percent color change by the weekend and average shades of orange and brown interspersed among the mostly green background. In the hills south of Syracuse, Onondaga County spotters expect 40 percent color change this weekend and midpoint conditions.

The noticeable change from last week includes a brighter mix of yellow, orange and green, with pops of red throughout the display. In Onondaga County, spotters reporting from Syracuse University expect just 20 percent color change in the city this weekend with some yellow leaves of average brilliance emerging.

Foliage is approaching midpoint of change, according to Schuyler County spotters in Watkins Glen. Look for 30-40 percent color change this weekend and bright shades of yellow and orange, along with green. In Monroe County, spotters reporting from Rochester expect midpoint foliage with 55-60 percent color change this weekend. Look for subtle shades of light green, yellow-green and some red, dark red and russet colored leaves, along with a touch of orange. Trees that normally have yellow leaves in the fall have been slow to turn from green to yellow; often these trees are a combination of yellow leaves on the top (or underside) with the rest of the tree still retaining green leaves. Significant leaf droppage is also reported.

North of Rochester, colors near Lake Ontario will range from 15-25 percent changed. There are spots where a large amount of trees are changed (mostly yellow), and then there other areas nearby with virtually no color. More trees in the area are starting to display shades of yellow, red and rust, but green still is the prominent color. Brilliance is mostly muted except for those areas with the greatest color change.

In Yates County, near peak leaves are predicted for the weekend, with 75 percent color change and average to bright orange, yellow, green and some purple leaves. Color is considerably lower in the Rushville area. Look for beginning to midpoint foliage with touches of red and yellow still dominated by green.

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