Pat Shingleton’s weather for Saturday, July 21, 2013

It’s been a rough week for friends and relatives in the Northeast. Heat relief occurs today as we remain accustomed to steamy weather. As noted in a previous column, my mother instructed me to “fill the washtub” so that my brother Kevin would get a “cool-down” during some blistering weather in Pennsylvania. That same washtub was also used to ice down beer and pop for summertime events. The washtub became obsolete when inflatable pools came along and another invention — the lawn sprinkler — offered another quick cool-down as we dashed through it. As we got older, the Ewing Park Swimming Pool provided heat relief. One of the best gifts to the neighborhood was the decision by the Shultz and the Lutz families to install backyard pools. Fastcast: Muggy.