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Old 08-20-2011   #1
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Is Bailey's water warmer??

So boating Bailey today and last weekend I noticed that the water seemed slightly warmer than normal. I always wear gloves on Bailey and didn't need them at all these last two weekends?

Anyone else notice this? (I know Kevin agrees). Any ideas what might be the cause?

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Old 08-20-2011   #2
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Yeah, its warmer. I noticed it at bailey fest this year. Hottest weather of the year combined with warmed dillion water, means that bailey is warmer than the normal iceberg temp water. Love it!
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Old 08-21-2011   #3
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i thought Roberts pulled water out from deep within Dillon? wouldnt deep water = cold water?

i am not trying to contradict anybody or anything like that, obviously you guys were there and felt it! i am just curious, sounds like my knowledge of the tunnel is in error and i would like to correct it!
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Old 08-21-2011   #4
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Yes, the tunnel pulls from deep in lake dillon. Deep water = cold water, but it still warms up in the summer (like everything else). Check the link below and scroll down til you find the temp vs. depth vs. month plot and that pretty much explains it. Cold water will stay on the bottom of the lake because cold water is more dense than warm water, but the heat of the summer will warm the entire lake up, even the bottom. Depends on the year, but the difference in temp of roberts tunnel water could be 4-5F in may vs. aug (~35F in may... ~40F in aug).

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Old 08-21-2011   #5
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I thought it pulled from a glory hole (be careful googling that), which would be surface. I've never seen it so I don't know for sure.
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