Where Did Summer Go?

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Reno, NV - The ski resorts are loving the snow that's been falling this week. Even people in Reno saw flakes this morning. But this wintry weather has many people wondering where summer went.

"I didn't get to do anything this summer," says Michael Hayes. "I didn't even make it to the lake."

The Reno man is going to have to face the gloomy reality that his outdoor plans may have to wait until next year.

"I would have liked to have gone boating, I would have liked to have gone hiking. Camping, all that stuff," Hayes says.

And though it is only fall, it is looking a lot like winter. At Reno Mountain Sports, workers have already piled the shelves with ski and snowboarding equipment. The kayaking gear is almost all put away.

"The short summer kind of hurt our kayak sales," says Derek Dimitri, a salesperson at Reno Mountain Sports. "I think the summer just being so short, it was a little slower than usual."

It was a short summer season. Remember how folks were skiing in July? The owner of Bicycle Bananas does. Dan Brown says his sales suffered because there were fewer warm days this past summer than usual.

"People weren't buying bikes when it was snowing and blowing and being cold outside," says Brown.

And people aren't thinking about ice cold treats. At Yogurt Beach, co-owner Steve Neighbors says the three stores do best when it's sunny. He says business at the shops goes down about 40-percent on days when the weather dips below 70 degrees. But he says he's hoping that, with school activities going on in the fall, they'll continue to attract plenty of customers when the weather continues to get dreary.

But at Hi Point Coffee and Cafe, chilly conditions only brew up more business.

"I think it's going to be really good," says Katelyn Powers, a barista at the cafe. "Think we'll be making a lot of coffee... Pretty much hot drinks are going to be in because it's going to be freezing."

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