Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Lowell whisenant, BassinChic, jacob4reel, Dropshotking1, rsmithfishing96
103142 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 83665
hopalong 74950
Pilothawk 73811
JDavis7873® 67378
John175 ® 61030
FattyMcButterpants 60592
Tritonman 57170
Derek 56837
SkeeterRonnie 52571
LoneStarSon® 52408
facebook
Forum Stats
103142 Members
61 Forums
864673 Topics
11349320 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Topic Options
#11378264 - 01/29/16 01:42 AM Water clarity
trackerman. Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 118
Loc: Ft. Worth, Tx
This question is one I have pondered for some time. Which clears up quicker after a lake muddies up, colder water or warmer water? I know there's gotta be someone who paid attention in high school or college better than I did. This subject may have come before, but since it's been sometime since we've had muddy water here in NTex in the wintertime.

Top
#11378373 - 01/29/16 06:35 AM Re: Water clarity [Re: trackerman.]
Brad R Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 850
Loc: Texas
Trackerman,

Cold water is denser than warm water so any particulates in it, organic or inorganic, will suspend longer.

It is just one of many factors and not the largest contributor to water clarity.

The material forming the bottom of the lake, say limestone versus a clay bottom, makes a huge difference. And, the size of a lake's watershed makes a huge difference.

Compare a lake like Possum Kingdom or Wheeler Branch, both hot spots for divers, to the muddier lakes here near Fort Worth for other clues.

This year, by the way, had record rainfall and that equals record run-off so lakes, all lakes, should be murkier than usual.

Brad


Edited by Brad R (01/29/16 06:35 AM)

Top
#11378634 - 01/29/16 08:37 AM Re: Water clarity [Re: trackerman.]
Outdoordude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1982
Theoretically, with all other variables held constant, the warmer water should clear faster. But, I don't think it would be something you could visually observe on a lake and point to temperature as being the reason behind one side clearing faster than the other. Like Brad said, there are other factors that would play a much larger role in the settling of suspended material.

Top
#11380128 - 01/29/16 09:15 PM Re: Water clarity [Re: trackerman.]
trackerman. Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 118
Loc: Ft. Worth, Tx
Thanks guys.I knew someone had an answer that makes sense.

Top



© 1998-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide