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.