Could Upstate New York See Early Fall Colors?
Fall colors in Upstate New York may make their appearance a tad bit earlier than normal this year.
Don Leopold, a botany professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse tells New York Upstate, the reason for what could be an early change of colors is because of a dry August and a cool late summer.
Leopold says there are two factors that are responsible for the turn to fall colors. The amount of daylight and overnight temperatures, which have been cool for the past few weeks.
According to the I Love NY website, the fall foliage season has made it's first appearance in some parts of the state. Fall colors are already showing in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Capital District - Saratoga region as well as in some parts of Central New York.
The Adirondack region, the Old Forge area should have at least a 30% color change by this coming weekend (9/16). Tupper Lake in Franklin County should see up to a 20% color change. Some parts of Saranac Lake will can expect between 20% - 25% change by the weekend as well.
In the Catskills, Belleayre Mountain in Ulster County will also be 20% - 25% changed.
The Capital - Saratoga region should expect about a 20% change by the weekend (9/16).
Here in Central New York - Amsterdam in Montgomery County will see about a 20% change in colors and parts of Herkimer County can also expect about a 20% color change by the upcoming weekend.
The website reports the remainder of New York is at less than 10% changed.