It’s been just a few weeks since we heard the phrase “polar vortex” for the first time here, and only days since we experienced “thunder sleet,” so it seems surprising that it’s now time to talk about swimming pools.
As we begin this new year, we are given a fresh start and many times a fresh outlook on what we want to accomplish in the future. Oftentimes this includes looking to the past to determine if there are things that we would change if we were able to do so.
With the hot real estate market we’ve had lately, many of us in the swimming pool industry are often faced with a question: Is it a good idea to purchase a house with an existing swimming pool? The answer is: It really depends on several factors.
Although this summer appears that it will be much milder than the last two summers, it is still hot this time of year. Traditionally one of the solutions to dealing with the summer heat is the cool enjoyment that a swimming pool can provide. That is not always possible in August — as pool water tends to heat up, oftentimes past the point of being refreshing.
The July Fourth weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for pool use. If you are the pool owner, hopefully by now your July Fourth plans are in place (or are least close to being in place) for your guests. If you are anything like me, you prefer to follow a list to be sure that everything gets done. Following is a checklist to assure that your July Fourth pool party will be one to be remembered.
School is out for the summer. That means kids get to enjoy the breathtaking feeling of freedom unlike any other. There is nothing in adulthood that can compare with the feeling of freedom that kids have when walking (or running) out of school on the last day.
In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safe water practices, May has been designated as National Water Safety Month.
What will the weather be for the next few months? Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist at ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, showed a weather pattern map on March 28 that provides some insight on what to expect. The map indicated that the Dallas-Fort Worth area forecast for the months of April, May and June would be normal rainfall and above-average temperatures.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could accurately predict what the weather would be for North Texas for the next few months? According to the 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have some interesting weather coming for the Texas-Oklahoma region: “The snowiest periods will be in early to mid-February and early March. April and May will be wetter than normal, with temperatures below normal in the north and above normal in the south. Summer will be cooler and a bit rainier than normal, with temperatures below normal in the north and above normal in the south.”
It would be great if we knew exactly what the weather was going to be this winter. But unfortunately, we do not. The best that we can do is look at long-range weather forecasts and then base our decisions on these forecasts. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2013, following is the weather forecast for the Texas-Oklahoma region: “Winter temperatures will be slightly colder than normal, on average, with precipitation and snowfall near or a bit above normal. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-February and early March.”
With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, you may see a wide range of dates for Independence Day pool parties. Some people are selecting this weekend to celebrate, some prefer the actual holiday in the middle of the week, while others are opting for the weekend after.
Although summer officially begins June 20, for most of us it has already begun. I have always considered summer beginning when the kids get out of school, which happened this week for most area schools. There are so many things to look forward to as summer begins — spending time with family and friends, summer camps, Six Flags, Rangers baseball, not having to wake up early … the list goes on and on.
So how ’bout that weather? Do you remember last winter? What I remember most vividly about last winter is Super Bowl week in early February when we received more than our fair share of winter weather all in one week — virtually immobilizing the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the world watched. But this winter was completely different — very mild and enjoyable, perfect for spending time outdoors.
As the years pass, pools can become outdated and in need of renovation. Some pool owners want minor changes; some prefer dramatic overhauls. The availability of new products and materials that weren’t available when the pool was constructed can mean the renovated pool looks better than it did when it was new.
After last summer’s record-breaking heat, many homeowners have already decided that they are not going through another summer without a swimming pool. For some, this will be one of the best decisions that they have ever made for their family. But for others, it will not work out quite like they envisioned.