Beach days may be more frequent this summer.
Not only are the temperatures up, but, according to Erie County Public Health Engineer Dolores Funke, weather conditions are a big factor in whether or not the water quality is acceptable for swimming.
Rainy summers, such as last year, often result in runoff into the lake, causing a dip in the water quality. With this summer's "drought," weather may not be such an issue.
According to Funke, Erie County beaches are sampled every morning. Beach staff use a forecasting model, which looks at the cloudiness of the water, recent rainfall, wind conditions, and other factors, to determine if the beach should be opened or closed for the day.