The summer’s hot and dry weather affected the 2016 apple crop. Orchardists reported in October they had beautiful apples with plenty of flavor, but that the apples were smaller and less plentiful — the crop size was down by about a third. That sunshine did lead to plentiful flowers, however, and a bumper honey crop for local beekeepers.
The drought also affected the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry, based in Shoreham, which closed operations early because of the low water level in Lake Champlain. The ferry began to scrape the bottom of the lake, its owners said.