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Matt Pooler paints faces on one of many small pumpkins at Dave’s Veggies in Homer on Monday afternoon while preparing for this weekend’s Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. “I can deal with a fall just like this,” he said about the recent stretch of pleasant weather.

Warm, dry autumn in forecast

By TODD R. McADAM
Associate Editor

HOMER — Hundreds of faces peeked out Monday as Matt Pooler bent over his task: from the shelf behind him, from the one next to him; in the corner by the cash register; and from between the tomatoes and jams.
Pumpkin faces — on a dry, crisp early fall day that promised many more just like it. Pooler was getting Dave’s Veggies in Homer ready for this weekend’s Great Cortland Pumpkinfest. “I can deal with a fall just like this,” Pooler said as he painted eyes on a pumpkin.
And you can expect more days just like Monday, according to the 90-day forecast from the National Weather Service. There’s a better than average chance of warmer weather through December. And, more or less, expect something between typical precipitation to dry weather.
“We’re looking at above-normal temps,” said meteorologist Ray Brady of the Weather Service’s Binghamton office.
The same weather pattern responsible for a warm fall is what caused the drought this summer, Brady said. And the potential for continued dryness raises questions for the seasonal future of the aquifer that supplies water to 30,000 Cortland County residents.
“The aquifer is lower than expected to be, maybe a couple of feet,” said Amanda Barber, director of the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District.
That’s not enough to cause any problems in public water supplies, she said, and because the season is so late, plants are taking up less water than during the summer, she said.

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