What a difference one year makes! 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 DFW Metroplex as the world watched. But this winter was completely different—it has been a very mild and enjoyable winter in which to spend time outdoors.
What is going on with this weather?
LaNina 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, by the way. I recently heard Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist of WFAA-TV, state that we have just experienced the 6th wettest winter on record, and the wettest in the past 14 years. In addition, he stated that we are currently tied for 1st with the fewest number of freezes thus far this winter—with 14.
What will the future weather be?
In an article in the Denton Record-Chronicle (February 10, 2012), The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center announced that La Nina 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 LaNina’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 Annual Weather Summary for 2012 states that April & May will continue to be warmer than normal, with summer being a bit cooler than normal—I hope that they 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 & repairs, and equipment repairs—as pool owners are getting ready for what appears to be a long pool season.
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