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.
What is going on with this weather? La Niña weather typically means warmer-than-normal temperatures and less rainfall. We have certainly had the warmer-than-normal temperatures, but we have had quite a bit of rain this winter — which was badly needed and very much appreciated.
I recently heard Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist for WFAA-TV (Channel 8), state that we have just experienced the sixth wettest winter on record, and the wettest in the past 14 years. He also stated that we are currently tied for first with the fewest number of freezes thus far this winter, only 14.
What will the future weather be? In a Feb. 10 story in the Denton Record-Chronicle, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center announced that La Niña will end sometime between March and May. But Victor Murphy, the climate service program manager for the National Weather Service’s southern region, has stated that La Niña’s departure will not lead to immediate weather changes. That’s why forecasts are still showing below-normal rainfall across the state this spring, usually the wettest months of the year in Texas.
The Farmers Almanac’s Annual Weather Summary for 2012 states that April and May will continue to be warmer than normal, with summer being a bit cooler than normal.
I hope those predictions are right.
What does this mean for pool owners? No one really knows for sure what the weather will be, but the combination of what has been forecast (warmer than usual) and what has actually happened (warmer than usual), has many pool owners excited about the possibility of a long swim season this year.
Most North Texas-area swimming pool companies are busier than usual for this time of year with new pool construction, pool renovations and repairs, and equipment repairs, as pool owners are getting ready for what appears to be a long pool season.
Get your swimsuit ready.
MATT GOHLKE is the owner of Gohlke Pools and a member of the National Spa & Pool Institute, Aquatech (a society of pool building professionals) and the Better Business Bureau. Gohlke may be reached 940-387-7521.