We've never had an autumn like this in Vancouver. I well recall my years in university where early September afternoons spent lolling in the sun outside the library turned to dark, dreary slogs to the parking lot through piles of rain-soaked leaves in early October, just as the first mid-terms arrived. But in my 33 years of living in Vancouver, I don't remember ever having as much sunshine in October as we've had in 2002, and September also had unusually little rain. (My parents' houseguest from Germany said, "I thought it was supposed to rain here.")
One unexpected benefit is that, for once, we get to see the full colours of the trees as they turn in autumn, instead of having the leaves blown away by storms or darkened by clouds and drizzle. I've always loved living here, now more than ever.