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Adirondack Fall Foliage Report 2012

Get your camera ready because the Adirondack fall foliage report is here for 2012! Residents throughout the Adirondacks this fall report seeing earlier-than-usual fall colors as well as some premature falling from the trees in some areas of the Adirondacks. Fall colors are expected to be more vibrant than last fall, however, so you can expect to see bright yellows, reds, oranges and purples amidst rich green evergreens this season.

Fall leaves

The Adirondacks provide such excellent fall foliage viewing because the deciduous tree population is dominated by only a few species, which all turn color more or less in unison. This provides excellent all-over color at peak that is rare in other parts of the world. See our Adirondack fall foliage map below for typical peak foliage viewing in different parts of the Adirondacks.

Leaf peepers will be eager this year to see the beautiful signs of fall after 2011 was disappointing. Most of the Adirondacks were damaged or inaccessible after tropical storms Irene and Lee hit the area. Adirondack businesses owners are looking to bounce back this season after seeing their businesses and shops suffer at the hands of Irene last fall.

Adirondack Fall Foliage Map - Typical Foliage Schedule (Coming Soon!)

Adirondack fall foliage is always difficult to report or predict with 100% accuracy because the region is so vast and there are so many factors. According to residents' reports for 2012, an early fall may be in store as the Adirondack fall foliage seems to be changing colors about a week or two earlier than usual in many areas.

Experts are saying that due to the unusual warm and dry temperatures earlier in the year, followed by a cold snap, plus droughts in some communities, the Adirondack fall foliage will not be shortened this season. Sunlight and the length of days are responsible for when trees show their yellows, oranges and reds. The frosts and cold snaps determine when deep reds and purples will be present. We may see earlier Adirondack fall foliage for 2012, but the colors are expected to be present for the average amount of time, three weeks (providing there are no strong winds, heavy rainfalls or droughts to upset this tentative report).

Want to get a sneak peek at what the Adirondacks look like ablaze with fall color?

View Carl Heilman II's gallery of leaf peeping photos »

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