By MARK HANOK
Exactly as we predicted, the extremely dry weather pattern has continued right through the first half of October, with only about a third of an inch of rain at our weather station in Otego. That’s only about one-fifth, or 20 percent of the normal precipitation for the month.
Sure enough, the long Columbus Day weekend featured beautiful weather, coinciding with the best fall foliage in several years. The Otsego County landscape was like a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors.
It’s like every leaf is turning color at the same time, especially the bright orange, red, and golden maples and the pumpkincolored and russet hickories and butterscotch beeches.
On Saturday I went on an Otsego Lake boat cruise on the Glimmerglass Queen. This hourlong cruise is a great value, and you really get to see magnificent Otsego Lake. It was the perfect day to be on this spectacular lake, and to view the beautiful shoreline and go past Kingfisher Tower, surrounded by bright fall colors. Sunday brought a continuation of magnificent weather, and it felt more like summer with bright sunshine and highs around 70 degrees. Although skies were mostly cloudy on Monday, temperatures continued well above normal.
Although it will be much cooler for the upcoming weekend, temperatures will only be getting back to normal, as another large Canadian high settles southward to the Great Lakes.
On Friday skies will be partly sunny with a refreshingly cool northwest breeze and highs only in the mid-50’s. Partly to mostly sunny skies will continue on Saturday and Sunday, with highs around 60 degrees.
On Monday a weak cold front will cross the region, but ahead of the front a southwesterly flow will bring milder air. Skies will be partly sunny with highs in the low 60’s. Then a northwesterly flow will reinforce the very dry weather pattern, with mostly sunny skies on Tuesday, and highs from 53 to 58 degrees.
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- Weather watch The Susquehanna River level will be unusually low for the General Clinton Canoe Regatta during Memorial Day weekend.
- Weather Watch It’s really uncanny how the very dry weather pattern has continued in this area despite the succession of major storms that have moved to the west and south.
- Weather Watch Now that north has become a synonym for sunshine and south has become a synonym for rain, there’s no way that this extremely dry weather pattern can change at least for the next four weeks.
- Weather Watch March was the third straight month with below normal precipitation, and it looks like April will also turn out to be drier than normal.
- Weather Watch Temperatures were near normal in March, with precipitation around an inch below normal.
- Weather Watch On Friday a major storm will move to the Ohio Valley, while high pressure builds southward from eastern Canada. Skies will be partly sunny with highs from 55 to 60 degrees.
- Weather Watch When it’s warmer to the north and cooler to the south, it’s so easy to get into an extremely dry weather pattern in Otsego County. The weather forecast in last week’s weather column was more optimistic than other local weather forecasts, but the weather was actually much better than even we predicted.
- Weather Watch The jet stream will shift southward this week and a series of low pressure systems will move well to our south.
- Weather Watch Exactly as we predicted at the beginning of the month, it was one of the driest Februaries on record in Otsego County and throughout most of central and eastern New York. Thanks to the extreme upside-down temperature pattern with much warmer weather in Montana than in Georgia, and strong winds on Monday and Tuesday, an extremely dry weather pattern will be the theme for at least the next two to three weeks.
- Weather Watch Exactly as we’ve been predicting for the past month, this is turning out to be an exceptionally dry February - one of the driest on record in central and eastern New York.
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