It seems a bit cliché to be talking about the weather at this time of year.
It has always been one of the most popular topics of conversation, but the wet weather we’ve seen around these parts has seriously washed away any hope of a real summer.
Never mind the lack of backyard campfires, limited days of lawn-mowing capabilities, or having to constantly pump out your boat at the cottage to keep it afloat.
It’s the local farmers that have gotten it the worst.
Of course, last year was the summer of drought, which in itself, dried up the hope of a great crop on its own.
But this year, according to several longtime farmers who’ve settled in Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry before the ’60s, it’s the most horrendous summer of rain they’ve ever seen.
“Some fields are just swimming pools – still, in the middle of summer,” said longtime farmer Herman Devries of Devries Road near Inkerman. “It’s unbelievable. There was one summer in the early ’70s where we saw a lot of rain, but not all at once, not like this.”
Some local farmers who are harvesting hay say that last year’s yield was very low, but this year, they have all quantity and no quality.
Mature hay needs two consecutive dry days in order to be properly harvested, and the region’s weather hasn’t favoured the needed 48 hours of sun.
Some farmers are almost three weeks behind schedule, meaning they may have to skip a portion of the harvest.
In the region, we typically average 73 millimetres of rain a month. However, last Monday’s rainfall estimates hit at least 79 millimetres – flooding yards, streets, basements, and businesses.
According to Environment Canada, this past summer has had nearly 30 days with 10 millimetres or more of rain, smashing past rainfall records.
And how do you celebrate that? A new umbrella?