Fall Foliage is one of the most popular times to visit the Hudson Valley. All the colors of the season are on display. Vibrant yellows, deep reds and rich oranges cover the hillsides and mountains. Every day brings a new palette. Temperatures drop and each morning dew covers the ground. The most frequent question we get is “When’s the best time for Fall Foliage?” Here’s our standard answer: Who knows?
Now that doesn’t sound helpful. However, it’s truthful. No one can predict when Fall Foliage will occur. The Farmer’s Almanac tries, but let’s just call it their “best guess”. The changing of the leaves is dependent on two main things: rain and temperature.
Too much rain and the leaves become sodden and turn brown and fall. Too little rain and the leaves shrivel and drop. If the evening temperatures drop quickly the leaves change color faster. Warmer daytime temperatures slow that process. Wind is also a factor. As Fall Foliage occurs the leaves lose their grip on the branches and strong winds strip the trees.
Ideally peak Fall Foliage time is around President’s Day in the middle of October. But this year we are already seeing color change in early September. Most likely we will have an early Fall Foliage season. We haven’t had a lot of rain, though. Night time temperatures are in the mid-50’s and in the 70’s during the day, which is good. A little warmer would be better. An “Indian Summer” would be ideal. Unfortunately the weather will do what it’s going to and we just have to hope for the best.
So if you’re wondering when the peak “leaf peepring” is, our advice is to follow Hudson’s weather. See any of the trends above, then make your reservation and cross your fingers. As the saying goes, “Don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”