Report: Foliage peaking this weekend
In some parts of eastern Long Island, including the Hamptons, foliage is at its peak, with "bursts of orange, red and yellow leaves" interspersed with green pines, said a news release issued Wednesday by Empire State Development.
In western Long Island, foliage is expected to be at the 80 percent color-change level, according to the foliage report, which is based on information from field observers.
Saturday looks to be the better choice for a foliage drive or hike, said Joe Pollina, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton. Look for partly sunny skies, highs near 68 and just a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday, compared to Sunday when the chance of rain jumps to 40 percent, he said.
For those looking for ideas for scenic vistas, the state's tourism site ILoveNY.com, suggests the following:
Cold Spring Harbor on Rte. 25A;
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay;
Among the spots suggested by Kristen Matejka, marketing and communications director for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission:
Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury, for the variety of trees and fall flowers;
Stony Brook Village and hiking trail behind Mill Pond.
Welwyn Preserve, Glen Cove
Tweeters can join the foliage conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag: #Fall4NY.