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The Lake News Online
  • Cooler summer hampering outdoor pools' success

  • Hitting the pool with a water gun and goggles sounds like typical summer fun, but the cooler than usual temperatures this summer have been a deterrent to residents and visitors wanting to spend some time at the local municipal pools.
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  • Hitting the pool with a water gun and goggles sounds like typical summer fun, but the cooler than usual temperatures this summer have been a deterrent to residents and visitors wanting to spend some time at the local municipal pools.
    Three cities in the lake area — Camdenton, Eldon and Versailles — have city-owned pool facilities that have seen drops in the number of visitors this summer.
    It is a common rule for the air temperature to be at least 70 degrees before the pools can open for business.
    Since Memorial Day, temperatures have been warm enough — barely, as in the case of June 8-9 and June 12, which had a high of 70 degrees — this summer for pools to at least open.
    The Camdenton Aquatic Center has remained opened most days this summer but has opened later due to outside temps. Assistant Manager Zach Ireland said that in general, visitor turnout has been down, but visits from local daycares have kept the pool up and running.
    "We have had half the people than we usually have," Ireland said. "The income we have per day went down a lot."
    Thankfully the business from the daycares have kept the aquatic center busy. There is at least one daycare at the pool every weekday.
    The Eldon Aquatic Center has also seen a decline in visitors. Eldon City Pool’s Manager Coach Kline said the turn out has been down roughly 100-125 every day that it has been cool.
    To compound the issue, Eldon uses solar panels as a heating mechanism for the pool, but with nighttime temps in the 50s and overcast skies during the day throughout much of June, the water just hasn’t had the chance to warm up.
    Swim lessons have continued but low turn outs have caused them to be down about $300 to $400 a day, Kline estimates.
    “We just hope it warms up next week,” Kline said on Friday, July 18.
    Kline’s hope became reality, as Tuesday was the warmest day of summer so far in Eldon at 94 degrees.
    The average high temperature for July ranges from 88 degrees on July 1 to 91 degrees on July 31 with average lows in the upper 60s.
    In the first half of July, only three days — July 7, July 11 and July 12 — reached the 90 degree plateau in Camdenton. Highs so far in July have hovered in the upper 70s and low 80s, ten degrees below normal, with low temperatures hitting an October-like 53 degrees three times — July 4, July 16 and July 17. Daily lows have been on average ten to 15 degrees cooler than normal. While the highest temperature so far in July 2014 is 20 degrees cooler than the record, a 53 degree reading on three days this month is three degrees shy of a record low.
    Page 2 of 2 - The temperatures for the coming weekend are predicted to be the highest so far this year, at an estimated 98 degrees.
     

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