Kristen Mitchell of Dover Township readies her children — Evey, 3, and Ava, 16 months — for a swim Thursday at Green Valley Swimming Pool and
Kristen Mitchell of Dover Township readies her children — Evey, 3, and Ava, 16 months — for a swim Thursday at Green Valley Swimming Pool and Sports Club in West Manchester Township. (Bill Kalina bkalina@ yorkdispatch.com)

It wasn't the lousiest summer they've ever seen, but it was pretty close.

Wednesday was the first 90-degree day in August — and for Green Valley Swimming Pool owner Russ Jacobs, it was too late.

"Last year was the worst season we ever had, but this was a close second," said Jacobs, who has owned the pool at 1725 Poplars Road in West Manchester Township for 22 years.

York County saw 90-degree weather a handful of times this summer, while the average temperature rested in the low 80s, according to the National Weather Service.

While it was drier than last summer, which was full of rain, it still wasn't great for local pools, owners said.

Pat Vaughn, foreground, and her daughter Jen Alwood, both of Shiloh, immerse themselves in books rather than water at Green Valley Swimming Pool and Sports
Pat Vaughn, foreground, and her daughter Jen Alwood, both of Shiloh, immerse themselves in books rather than water at Green Valley Swimming Pool and Sports Club Thursday. Pat said she's joined the club for five years. Owner Russ Jacobs said this year's attendance has been sparse due to cool temperatures. The pool finishes the year on Labor Day, ending with a dog swim at 8 p.m. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

"We need it to be hot for people to come out. The low 80s or high 70s isn't hot enough, even if it's sunny," Jacobs said.

Matter of timing: While this week saw a few hot, humid days, too many kids were in school to enjoy the pool, said Kenton Jacobs, co-owner of Lincolnway Swimming Pool and Sports Club Inc. at 4321 Zimmerman Drive in West Manchester Township.

"This summer, we never had truly hot, humid weather. It just never got that hot. Then it actually got cold," he said.

Cool Canadian air drifted farther south than usual this summer, giving York a few cold snaps that dipped daytime temperatures to the low 70s and high 60s. At night, temperatures sometimes dipped to the low 60s and high 50s.


Advertisement

Two or three chilly nights are enough to drop pool temperatures by 10 degrees, pool owners said.

"It's been a tough summer. Crowds were down," Kenton Jacobs said.

Closing weekend: As pool owners host their last open weekend, temperatures will be in the 80s Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On Monday, the last day for local pools, there is a chance of thunderstorms.

"People definitely plan around the weather forecast," said Kelly Templeton, owner of Wisehaven Swimming Pool at 2989 E. Prospect Road in Windsor Township.

If the weather forecast was wrong, it hurt business, she said.

"Even if it didn't rain, people would stay home if they heard there was a chance of rain," Templeton said.

Though this summer didn't have as much rain, last year had more heat, she said.

"We certainly didn't have many of the hazy, hot, humid days that draw big crowds. But we had a lot of sunshine, so we did still have some people come out and enjoy the pool," Templeton said.