The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

June 21, 2013

Hello, summer; good-bye to soggy spring

Summer 2013 officially arrived early this morning, and for Marge Milliken, a chance for warmer weather couldn’t arrive too soon.

Milliken is executive director of the Geneva-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, and believes a old-fashioned scorcher will boost business for the quaint resort town.

“I’m hoping for a nice, hot summer,” she said, laughing.

That’s not to say the past spring has been unbearable. June has been soggy, but otherwise the season had been quite comfortable — which helped bring people to GOTL a little earlier than usual.

“We have had very good weekends, starting in April, Milliken said. “That’s very unusual. And Mother’s Day weekend was wonderful.”

Our spring didn’t really put a damper on attendance at Pymatuning State Park, a haven for outdoor lovers, said Mark Broughton, assistant manager.

“Our campground has been very active, the cabins have been filled up every week and people are doing quite a bit of fishing on the lake,” he said. “We’ve seen no major changes (in visitor numbers). We’re at average or maybe even a little better.”

Data from the National Weather Service’s Cleveland office shows no real aberrations over the past three months. April met the norms for rainfail (3.5 inches) and average temperature (49 degrees). May was a little drier (2.38 inches, about 1.3 inches less than usual), but somewhat warmer (average temperature 63 degree, about 3.5 degrees above the norm).

June was damp, with 3.65 inches of rain, nearly 1.5 inches more than usual, but also cooler than expected, with an average temperature around 66 degrees (more than two degree below normal).

So far this year, the region has not seen a 90-degree day. The area came close on May 30 and May 31, when the thermometer climbed to 88 degrees. Surprisingly, an 84-degree day on April 18 bested anything June has mustered so far. The warmest temperature this month has been 83 degrees on June 1.

That could change in a few days. Today and Saturday will see temperatures in the 70s, but things warm up Sunday when the thermometer should climb into the high 80s (slightly cooler near Lake Erie), according to the NWS. The hot spell continues into the first part of the week, and rain isn’t in the forecast until Wednesday, forecasters say.

Marge Milliken is probably smiling right now.

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