> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
After a pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee, Zach Barker and his friends left Sam Peden Community Park without getting too terribly hot on Saturday.
But even though it’s cooler than last summer was, it’s still not even close to the coolest summer on record for Kentuckiana.
Mike Callahan, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville, said last year’s drought and abnormally high temperatures make this year a lot more bearable.
“I think last year was so horrible, everyone’s thinking ‘Gee, it’s really cool,’” Callahan said. “It’s just that every year isn’t like last year, thank God.”
Barker said he and his friends stay pretty active and play sports regardless of the weather. But with temperatures 3.1 degrees below the average for August in this area, he said it’s been easier to get more people in on games.
“I feel like for a week it was very hot, but other than that, it’s been a lot cooler,” Barker said. “It makes it a lot nicer to play sports outdoors. You definitely get a lot more people to play.”
D. Yhale Scott, a tennis instructor, was giving lessons to a student on the Community Park court. He said he can tell a difference in the temperatures just by seeing how many people are on the tennis courts.
“This year, the courts have been extremely busy,” Scott said. “It’s great for me to see the courts getting used a lot more.”
Callahan said though this summer has been a lot more pleasant, with July below average temperatures by 2.4 degrees, this year hasn’t even ranked in the coolest Augusts in the area.
He said the coolest, which was in 1946, held an average temperature of 70.7 degrees. He said with warmer weather coming in this week, this August might hit average temperatures by the end of it.
But colder weather has had some effect on what locals are doing outside. Katie Russell, a pool manager at the Jeffersonville Aquatic Center, said they’ve seen fewer people coming in to swim.
“I guess in general, our attendance is a little lower than last year,” Russell said. “It didn’t deter our groups with daycares coming out. But our general patronage seems to be a little slower with the cooler weather and the rain.”
According to the National Weather Service’s website, this summer’s storm systems have come in with more rainfall than usual, which could have contributed to cooler weather.
Barker said he hopes to get out to the park and get more people to join him for sports he and his friends are playing. Though this year’s not overly cool, it’s cool enough.
“It’s about the same for us getting out because we’re outdoorsy, active people,” Barker said. “But with Ultimate Frisbee, temperature is definitely a factor in getting people to play.”