Summer cool down has ups and downs

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – If it feels like summer is flying by, it’s because we haven’t had much of what the season is supposed to offer.

It was another below normal day Wednesday in the temperature department. Some people prefer those cooler conditions, but we haven’t officially hit the 90 degree mark at all summer, and that has put a bit of a damper on the season for spots that rely on sizzling summer weather to do business.

Gray clouds, empty pool chairs and car wash bays are evidence of Mother Nature’s neglect. Even the parking lot at Handel’s Ice Cream is empty. It is safe to say it has been a pretty sad summer.

Golfers Nick Venuto and Jim Baginy of Newton Falls are fed up with the weather. They are still waiting on summer.

“It is like playing in the middle of fall. It is cold and windy. Global warming, yeah right. We’re all for it,” Venuto said.

Mark Butch of Youngstown said hitting the links is nice when it is a bit cooler, but the weather right now may be too much of a good thing.

“This was like fall. We’re in August, right?” Butch said.

“We have had a couple times where we have neared record lows and so far this summer, we have had nine times where the low temperature has dipped into the 40s,” said WKBN Meteorologist Ryan Halicki.

The weather forced lifeguards to close the outdoor pool Wednesday at the Davis Family YMCA, and Member Services Director Juleen Keefer said they have seen a decrease in traffic at the pool.

“When the weather is not nice, folks don’t come out to swim, and they don’t bring their friends,” Keefer said.

Good swimming days have been few and far between for backyard pool owners, too. Steve Bayer at Caribbean Pools and Hot Tubs said it is even more important to keep up maintenance when pools aren’t being used.

“You could get some algae growth with that. A lot of times we tell folks to just go ahead and brush your pool. You don’t have to vacuum it, just brush the side walls and the bottom of the pool every two to three days,” Bayer said.

The weather situation is not all doom and gloom. Conditions are creating a bumper sweet corn crop for area farmers. And while golfers may be turning their collars up at the windy, cool weather, greens and fairways are in good shape.

“Normally in August we got a little burn out going on and everything, but we’re lush, we’re green, we’re just like spring,” said Paul Otto, director of golf, Kennsington Golf Club.

Good or bad, try to enjoy summer while you can because winter is only four months away.

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