FAIRFIELD — Apparently you can have it both ways.
At least weather-wise.
So far this December has been both the coldest in 25 years and the one of the warmest as well.
“This December we will probably (see) – using both my Cordelia station and Travis Air Force Base, which covers a wide swath of Fairfield – the average morning low be below 32 degrees,” said Mike Pechner of Global West Meteorology. “It’s the coldest December mornings in 25 years.”
The last was an Arctic freeze that came through in 1988, Pechner added.
That said, high temperatures running in the upper 60s for the last couple of weeks also have the area on a hot streak.
“Conversely, because of so many dry, sunny days, our daily average high temperature is running almost 10 degrees above seasonal normals,” Pechner said, adding that 55 to 58 degrees is the normal high for this time of the year. “During this stretch, we’ve been running 65 to 70.
“And that is directly attributable to the lack of rain in December – though we had some early in the month.”
According to the National Weather Service, highs are expected to remain in the mid-60s through at least New Year’s Day.
Overnight lows are expected to remain between 33 and 38 degrees.
The warm weather has been good for local golf courses, which have seen an uptick in business with the pleasant temperatures.
“If you take the last couple Decembers, and we’re definitely doing better,” said Daryl Parenteau, head pro at Paradise Valley Golf Course. “Last December we were pretty wet, but this year it’s just been ridiculous. I don’t think I remember it ever being this dry.”
“Two Decembers ago wasn’t really wet either, and we had a really good December,” Parenteau said. “I wouldn’t base a budget on this, but it hasn’t been bad. We had a really good day (Thursday) – a lot of people took the day off.”
It’s not the first time it’s been a good December for Paradise Valley.
“What I tell a lot of people about is this reminds me of the early 1990s – it’s kind of cool but hardly any rain,” Parenteau said.
If things keep up the next few days, and they should, the month could be a lucrative one.
“We could beat most Decembers by about 20 percent by rounds and revenue,” Parenteau said. “Normally this month you budget low and say if we get some non-rain days we’re lucky.”
For example, Parenteau said a busy day is 150 players, and on a bad December day Paradise Valley might get 80 players.
“We’re still getting a good amount because the rain’s not scaring them away,” he said.
Thursday, with a high temperature of 66 degrees between 2 and 3 p.m., he was expecting to end up with about 180 players.
But weather isn’t the only factor, Parenteau said.
“With the economy getting better, that’s when I see people coming back,” he said. “People who had to cut back to playing once a week are now playing twice a week.”
Still, the dry weather does have a down side for the area as well as the golf courses.
“It’s scary to start looking at the ground and see how dry it is,” Parenteau said. “Seeing how the ground is hurting for water. It’s kind of scary when you look at the long-term. We got to get something soon, that’s for sure.”
It may be a little while before that happens, Pechner said.
“Weather-wise, December has been a very notable month,” he said. “It’s been a very interesting month, and it looks like the weather pattern is going to change around mid-month (in January). We’ll finally get some decent rain in here.”
Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.