Leaf-peep­ing sea­son a lit­tle be­hind sched­ule

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LO­CAL NEWS -

Leaf-peep­ing sea­son is run­ning a lit­tle be­hind sched­ule this year.

Ob­servers for Em­pire State Devel­op­ment’s I Love New York pro­gram say changes are just be­gin­ning in the Adiron­dacks. They ex­pect a 30 per­cent change this week­end in the Tup­per Lake area and up to 25 per­cent around Lake Placid.

For most of the rest of the state, changes in color range from 10 to 20 per­cent.

The warm, dry sum­mer has been a fac­tor and could lead to less bril­liant col­ors in some of the re­gion. Leaves al­ready have be­gun fall­ing with­out chang­ing col­ors, which hap­pens it’s ab­nor­mally dry.

A wide­spread frost was ex­pected early Sun­day, and that nor­mally speeds color change. So far, only a small part of the north­ern Adiron­dacks has seen a frost.

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