When the bell rings for elementary students at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon, school is officially out for the summer.
News Talk Radio dropped by W.F. Ready School in Regina on Wednesday afternoon to ask kids what they plan to do as soon as school lets out?
“I’m going to like, throw out every school thing that I have,” one girl said.
“Throw my backpack off and probably just run,” a boy chimed in.
“When the bell rings I’m going to be running out the doors and we’re going camping,” another young girl explained.
The cool start to spring is having an effect on tent caterpillars in Regina.
Tent caterpillars build a white, stringy nest in trees that looks almost like a big spider web and they can pose a serious hazard to foliage.
The City of Regina monitors the insects and treats them based on calls received. Ray Morgan, manager of forestry, pest control and horticulture, has responded to 25 different calls for treatment so far this year.
Days full of rain are causing some complications for services and business around Saskatchewan and the people who use them.
SaskParks says campers are still weathering the damp conditions for the most part.
"(We've had) lots of activities on the weekends," said Mary-Anne Wihak, director of visitor experience. "But as well, a lot of folks who seem to be pulling out early."
When the clouds finally clear and the rain stays away long enough to enjoy being outside, you will likely have to deal with a whole lot of mosquitoes in Regina.
Ray Morgan is in charge of pest control for the City of Regina. He says they haven't seen that many mosquitoes in the city traps yet but that is going to change.
After four days, Environment Canada says the radar system at Bethune has been fixed.
“The radars are massive pieces of equipment that run 24/7, 365 days per year. This outage is regular wear and tear on the radar components. We schedule maintenance every two months but sometimes the parts fail before we can do our regular maintenance,” stated an email response Tuesday.
There have been recurring problems with Environment Canada's weather radar station at Bethune for the past few years and now the system is down once again.
Gaetan Deaudelin is the Director of the National Radar Program. He says there's no specific issue with the system in Bethune, despite similar issues in 2012 and 2011.
Rubber boots, raincoats, and umbrellas have become a common site in Saskatoon this June with many days of rain.
Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Fulton said the bridge city is already 20 per cent over what it would typically see for the entire month.
"June is actually... the rainiest month for Saskatoon," he said. "The average rainfall in June is 65.8 millimetres and we are past that already. We are running already at 86.3 for the month."
After a beautiful morning with clear blue sky and sunshine, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for Regina, Moose Jaw and the entire portion of southeast Saskatchewan. But no extreme weather was felt in the Queen City, a brief shower passed and the sun peaked out between the clouds.
Just like the winter that preceded it, spring 2014 proved to be cool and gloomy in Saskatchewan
“Temperatures in June are clearly more than three degrees colder than normal,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Phillips who admitted he must sound like a broken record this year.
“May was still below normal, I think eight of the last nine months have been below normal.”
Burials are being cancelled and staff are doing what they can after rain this week completely flooded some areas of Moose Jaw's Rosedale Cemetery.
"The conditions at the Rosedale Cemetery are quite bad actually," admitted Moose Jaw parks and recreation director Judy Hauta. "Obviously we started the spring with a very high water table and with very soft, wet conditions and a lot of standing water. Certainly the rainfall that's come in the last week or so here has contributed to the problem."