Hurricane Earl seems to have taken a more easterly path than Environment Canada was predicting yesterday, and is going across Nova Scotia and PEI, rather than coming up the Bay of Fundy. Now a mere post tropical storm, it seems to be fizzling out. Here in “Easter River” at the head of the Bay of Fundy, at least, we’re getting a bit of rain and a bit of wind. In Toronto, it might be worth conversation, but wind in “Easter River” is a constant. This isn’t much out of the ordinary except that it’s currently out of the east. The prevailing wind is southerly. That makes it look slightly more dramatic because the trees are all blowing the wrong way.
The CBC must be a bit disappointed. They were all geared up for drama and excitement, to the extent that they even pre-empted Quirks and Quarks (or maybe Bob MacDonald was off collecting his Order of Canada and they couldn’t get a guest host). Our lunch-hour listening was provided by a couple of guys from CBC Halifax desperately trying to milk some melodrama from the storm. They interviewed people in RVs saying, Yep, it’s windy. It’s raining. They interviewed a farmer saying, Yes, it was windy and his power was out, but he had a generator. They interviewed one of their reporters, who reported that he was standing on a wharf trying to interview another reporter who was on his boat, but he didn’t know which boat, though, meanwhile, the water was nice and sparkly …. And in despair, they kept getting people to talk about Hurricane Juan instead, because that was just so much more exciting.
At least we’re getting a little rain.