Cool summer leads to early fall

Published 08/18 2014 05:19PM

Updated 08/18 2014 05:21PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Are you in need of an extra early Halloween costume? Or are you craving your favorite pumpkin-flavored coffee drink? The calendar may read August, but fall features at some area businesses will be back by this time next week.

"I'm hoping the summer is going to extend a little bit more into the fall to carry us through a little bit more," Brad Schultz commented. "Some of the summer that we missed out on earlier this year."

While Schultz is enjoying the cooler summer, he's not ready to see it end.

"We haven't had any incredibly hot spells with the humidity and that," he said. "It's been really nice for biking this summer."

In northeast Wisconsin, summertime temps have been about two degrees below average. It may not sound like much, but its kept some kids away from local pools.

"Unfortunately we didn't even open today with the cool temperatures and the rain that we had a little bit earlier," Ann Moeller, Green Bay's Recreation Supervisor, said Monday.

Moeller said attendance at Green Bay pools is down about 20 percent this season.

"A lot of cool days," she explained. "Unfortunately we've been closing early or not opening at all, so that is definitely reflected in our attendance numbers this year."

But a chill in the air hasn't slowed sales at this boat dealership.

"Everyone grumbles about the weather but as far as they're buying a boat or something, that hasn't been a factor," said Jim Schlumpf, owner of Jim's Outboard Motors.

Schlumpf can't explain it, but said it's been one of his busiest summer's in recent years. However, he said there's always room for improvement.

"If it had been 90 degrees everyday," he added. "There would probably have been a lot more business."

Of course summer is not completely over. The area is expecting a big warm-up later on this week.

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