Maple Syrup producers in New Brunswick are getting ready for what could be a great year.
The sap usually starts flowing in late March or early April. When it comes to getting the best product, ideally the ground should be covered in snow to keep the tree roots cold at night, and the temperature during the day should warm up to about five degrees.
So far, things are looking promising.
In our 2010 Spring Outlook, The Weather Network is calling for an average spring in the Maritimes, both in terms of temperatures and precipitation.
For many, that's a relief. Last year, the maple syrup season in New Brunswick was affected by a severe ice storm in February. Many producers reported considerable amounts of damage to their lines and trees.
The New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association has about 90 producers capable of making up to 2.3 million kilograms of maple syrup. Most of the world's supply of maple syrup is made right here in Canada.
For more information on the forecast in the Atlantic Canada, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your local forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.