Local leaves now at near-peak change
The New York foliage report for Oct. 5-11 finds near-peak conditions in parts of the area. "In the Catskills, Greene County foliage spotters at higher elevations in the towns of Hunter and Windham predict near-peak foliage this weekend with 75 percent change and red, green, orange, and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Catskill spotters report foliage at midpoint of change with at least 50 percent transition," the report says. "In Ulster County, Belleayre Mountain Ski Area reports that fall colors are popping and predict near-peak conditions with 80 percent color change highlighted by bright orange leaves and some shades of red. Observers from Kingston expect about 50 percent transition with bright yellow, green, and orange leaves.... In Albany County, reports from John Boyd Thacher State Park in Voorheesville predict 40 percent change with a mix of fall colors of average brilliance continuing to emerge from the green backdrop. Spotters at Cohoes Falls expect foliage to be at midpoint of change with about 40 percent transition and orange, yellow, green-yellow, red, and green leaves of average brilliance.... In the Hudson Valley, Columbia County spotters in Hudson expect 35 percent foliage change this weekend with emerging yellow and orange leaves, along with some hints of red. Dutchess County reports from Beacon and Fishkill expect 30 percent color change with an increasing amount of average to bright yellow and red leaves, while spotters in Poughkeepsie predict more than 10 percent foliage change with some emerging red leaves. Color change will be greater in the northern portion of the county." See New York state's foliage report for more information.