COLCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) – Savitsky Farm in Colchester is known for its variety of pumpkins and this year may not disappoint. But they were worried early on because of the drought.
“He kept saying we’re not going to have any pumpkins,” said owner Debbie Savitsky. “But we have pumpkins.”
Like apples, pumpkins are expected to be smaller this year because of the lack of rain. Apples will be tastier though because of the amount of sugar in the smaller size while pumpkins may be more plentiful because with more sunlight there was more pollination.
“There’s like a half a dozen bees in each blossom at a time and we’re gonna have a lot of pumpkins and sure enough we had a lot of pumpkins,” said owner Alex Savitsky.
There are still some pumpkins to be picked but most of them were harvested already about 85 percent of them. That’s because this year all of them matured earlier than usual.
News8 Meteorologist Sam Kantrow says recent rains improved the state’s drought status slightly but there is still a severe drought in some spots and extreme according to the U.S. Drought Monitor in far southeastern Connecticut as of Sept. 8th.
“We’ve gotten a little bit of rain today,” explained Kantrow. “We have a little bit more rain in the forecast for tomorrow but after that, the weather is completely dry over the next week which means the drought status is probably not going to be getting any better anytime soon.”
Connecticut Water continues its call to conserve especially for outdoor usage. Its reservoir in Killingworth is still seven feet below its spillway even though last week’s rain added nine inches to it.
“You see it takes long prolonged periods of rain to get back to back to what would be our spillway elevation which is normal,” said Craig Patla, Vice President of Service Delivery for Connecticut Water.
The 100-day supply of water it had in late August is now 139 due to the recent rain and a drop in usage after Labor Day along the shoreline but it’s still in the danger zone.