The NY Fall Foliage Report from


Last Weekend for Peak Foliage on Long Island

Leaves at midpoint of color change in New York City

Week of October 30-November 5

This is the eighth 2013 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

Colorful peak foliage will be found throughout Long Island and in some outlying areas of New York City this weekend, according to observers for Empire State Developmentís I LOVE NY program.

On Long Island, foliage spotters in the Hamptons are predicting peak conditions to hold on through the weekend, with predominately orange/gold leaves, along with some red leaves, of average brilliance. Spotters in Nassau County predict that leaves will be, on average, peak this weekend. Some areas are now past peak while some have yet to reach full color.

Foliage is at midpoint of change throughout most of New York City. Look for 50 percent color change and average to bright leaves of orange and red along with some yellow leaves. Spotters at Brooklynís Marine Park and in the outlying areas of the boroughs project peak to past peak conditions for the weekend.

In the Finger Lakes region, Monroe County and the Rochester area are now slightly past peak, however there are some areas remaining with a nice mix of yellow, orange-yellow, gold, brown and red leaves. In the Greater Niagara region, Niagara County will be just past peak with a wide range of fall colors.

Other areas of the state are now past peak.

New York State's Advantage

Why do people from all over the world head to the spectacular New York State foliage display? Unlike the rest of the country, the northeastern U.S. is particularly blessed with a great variety of broad-leaved trees, which help give the regionís foliage a spectacular color range. Also, New York State has almost as many acres of such trees as the rest of the Northeast combined.

New York Stateís vast area means that you can enjoy peak conditions several times during the season in different parts of the state. The change in color from the bright greens of summer to the brilliant hues of fall follows a predictable pattern: It begins high in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains in late August and early September, and spreads out and down across the hills and valleys of the state, ending on Long Island and in New York City in early November. It takes about two weeks for the colors to complete their cycles in any given area, with peak brilliance lasting three to four days in any one spot.


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