One sure sign of summer is the long line of hungry people waiting to fill their bellies with old-fashioned fare at Roger's Ice Cream and Burgers on Sherman Avenue.
That line has sometimes been sumptuously long this summer, but with the overcast and cooler weather that has had a hold on the Northwest, businesses that thrive during tourist season are noticing a difference.
“With the colder weather, it’s brought a lot of slower business,” said Roger's employee Olivia Maryon, 18, who greeted guests at the service window Wednesday afternoon. "We get really high sales during the summer, but we just started with high sales. Last year it started in June; this summer we started in July."
According to Press meteorologist Randy Mann's July 18 weather column, titled "What hot summer? Not here in Northwest," June was fairly normal and dry while July has proven to be about 3-4 degrees colder and wetter than average. The colder weather directly impacts tourist season, which flourishes when visitors flock to Lake Coeur d'Alene to cool off on a hot summer day/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.