CNY’s early October fall foliage update

Science & Technology

CENTRAL NEW YORK (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The most current update to the fall foliage report is for this week from October 6th, 2021 to October 12th, 2021. We’re at the midpoint of foliage across Central New York with areas in the Adirondacks and the North Country already at peak. Our peak is expected to occur within the next week. With the most recent temperature outlook showing warmer than average temperatures for the next two weeks, we’ll have an interesting set up for foliage this year.

It looks like we’ll be seeing the foliage last longer with less vibrant colors. This is because colder temperatures in the low 30s that bring frost actually stop trees from creating certain foliage like those bright red colors. However, it needs to get a little colder than where we’re at right now with our nights in the mid 50s. Some cool nights in the mid 40s followed by some sunny and dry days (which we also have not been getting) would produce the most vibrant foliage. So to sum it up, it looks like the trend will be duller foliage so those yellow, orange, and red colors won’t be as vibrant but the bright side is that the foliage will last longer.

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