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Spring-like December
Mark Skelton, 16, practices putting for disc golf at Twining Park on Friday. "I thought for sure I was done playing after the snow came," said Skelton, who lives near the park. He has gone to play disc golf about six times since last month's snowfall. Skelton has been playing disc golf for two years and enjoys the challenge and hanging out with the friend who taught him how to play. "I'd still like a little more sessions before winter," he said. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Temperatures in Monroe reached almost 60 degrees over the weekend as the latest example of mild winter weather brought on by the ongoing global El Niño event. According to a National Weather Service climate advisory issued last week, El Niño will continue until late spring 2016, bringing above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation to the northern United States. The advisory also noted that this year's El Niño event is among the three strongest such events recorded since 1950.