NOTE: There seems to be an abundance of anecdotal weather evidence that the northern latitudes in North America have had a cooler summer than usual. Of course there are places that have bucked that trend also. Still it is interesting to note, just as the Washington Post did in July when temperatures seemed a bit warm.
August is usually the busiest month of the year for Maine’s tourism industry. With August off to a soggy start, there are a lot of long faces in Vacationland. Fleece and sweatshirts have replaced bikinis at Old Orchard Beach and no one’s buying ice cream.
Instead, it’s rained 10 of the last 11 days and it’s unseasonably cool. Who’s counting? Families on vacation, that’s who. “A little depressing so far ha. It would have been nice to go to Aquaboggan today.” Instead Dad had to break the bad news to Melanie, Alex and Nathan–the waterpark was closed due to weather. Staying closed on a lucrative 10-dollar Monday means 20 to 30 thousand dollars down the tubes..And in Aquaboggan’s short nine week season, they can’t make that money back.
While bad weather tends to scare off last minute travelers, vacationers who’ve booked ahead usually forge ahead. They string up the blue tarp at the campground and try to make the best of it.