The time has come to say goodbye to Summer. And, looking back, most Maritimers seemed to think the season was nothing to brag about.
Day after day of overcast, dreary weather literally put a dark cloud of despair over the Maritimes early in the season. It ruined people's vacations and slowed tourism to a crawl.
“Our family was planning to go biking in PEI and it was held back a day and was hard to finish it because the rain was on and off and on and off,” said one Maritimer on the streets of Moncton. “So that mixed up the plan a bit.”
The rain also ruined harvest plans for some farmers. Peat moss producers in New Brunswick faced record losses this year.
“Usually we'd have about 90 to 94 percent of our product ready and harvested and this year we have about 20 percent of the peat moss harvested,” said Jody Williston, a peat moss producer. “So you are talking quite a shortfall.”
But what didn't fall short was the apple crop in New Brunswick. All that rain made for a prime growing season.
“There hasn't been one week I don't think that we lacked moisture in the soil,” said Euclide Bourgeois, a local Apple Farmer. “There was a little but too much I think in the lower lying areas, but on high ground it's been humid all the time so it's been grow grow grow.”
And by the time mid August rolled around, people's spirits started to grow too. The sun and heat finally made an appearance ... just in time for back to school.
For a closer look at what you can expect in Atlantic Canada through Autumn, be sure to check The Weather Network's Fall Outlook 2011.
With files from Lyndsay Morrison