If you felt like there was hardly any sunshine this fall you definitely weren't imagining it. The least sunny cities in Canada were almost every major city in the country during the fall season. With winter weather happening across the country already, it seems like gloomy days are here to stay until spring.

When you think of spring and summer, you think of sunshine and maybe a little bit of rain. But as the seasons change to fall, it tends to get a little gloomier across Canada.

Through a unique formula that considers how the weather impacts the feeling of gloom as we approach winter, a lot of Canada's major cities were sun-starved in October and November according to The Weather Network.

This formula is The Weather Network's National Gloom Index which takes gloom a step further than just cloudy days. 

The frequency of precipitation also plays a role in overall gloominess and was used for calculating which major Canadian cities were without sun the most this fall.

"Winter is right around the corner and as we're about to transition out of fall 2019, Canadians across the country can be susceptible to fall gloom," said meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.

We wouldn't exactly call it winning but St. John's takes first prize for being the gloomiest of all major cities in Canada.

On the National Gloom Index, a city can get a score from zero to 100. Anything below 50 is considered not gloomy at all and scores about 80 are considered super gloomy. 

St. John's has a score of 82. 

With precipitation falling approximately 70% of days these last couple of months and lots of cloud cover, it's no surprise the city got the top spot.

Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg, and Ottawa were on the edge of being super gloomy but missed out on that accomplishment this year.

With scores of 77, 76, and 70, respectively, even though they weren't the worst, there was still a lack of sunshine in October and November. 

Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver had falls that were right on average when it comes to the precipitation and cloud cover associated with gloomy days.

Only two major cities were close to having no real gloom at all this fall. Regina scored a 56 on the index while Calgary only scored a 52. 

In some places, this year was a considerable improvement from 2018.

Last year, fall was super gloomy in Ottawa and also in Toronto where over 80% cloud cover was recorded in the city for the last four months of 2018.

All in all, be thankful for any amount of sunshine you get even if it's just for a few minutes.


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