This fall has unfolded quite a bit different than previous seasons in Central New York. The fall color has been delayed by more than a week in the Adirondack Region. Finally, fall colors are near peak for areas like Hamilton County and Northern Herkimer County. By this weekend, the leaves will be past peak in these areas. By the second week of October, this part of the Adirondacks is well past peak.
In addition to the delayed color, the color has been generally described as dull and muted. This likely has to do with the three week stretch of dry weather the area saw in September. The trees that began to change color early in the season ended up browning up and drying out.
For the remainder of the area, things seem to be a bit less out of whack this season. The colors are a bit delayed in the Mohawk Valley, but only less than a week. Peak color this weekend is expected in the hilltops north and south of the Mohawk Valley.
Peak color will take place the following weekend for the Mohawk Valley. This will be one of the later fall peaks we've seen in recent memory.
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