How about this cool weather that we are having? It feels great to walk out in mid-September to temperatures in the 50s. But believe it or not, pool water temperatures are still warm and we have several more weekends before the really cold weather gets here. Pete Delkus of WFAA Channel 8 reported the following last night:
The average date for the first freeze – November 22nd
The earliest date for the first freeze – October 22nd (1898)
The latest date for the first freeze – January 4th (1972)
Therefore we know that we probably have 5-14 weeks before the first freeze.
Does this unseasonably cool weather indicate what type of winter that we will have? Who really knows what will happen, but the area farmers that I have talked to agree that it will likely be a colder, wetter winter than usual.
In addition, 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.”
Although we won’t know for several months if The Old Farmer’s Almanac got it right, it should be noted that last year’s forecast by the same source was “milder than normal”, which was accurate.
Regardless of the weather, there will soon come a time when pool owners will need to decide what to do with their swimming pool this winter. There are several options when it comes to winter pool care options, but the best method is the one that fits you and your pool. Should you have any other questions about pool care, give us a call at (940) 387-7521 and we will be glad to help you!