Reno-Tahoe area visitors trade skis for golf clubs

RENO, Nev. — A record stretch of warm, dry December weather has many visitors trading skis for golf clubs in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area.

Reno ended the year with its driest December in nearly 130 years after the month ended without any precipitation, the National Weather Service reported Sunday.

"You can't get any drier than what we had in December," said forecaster Kat Hohmann, adding the last time this happened was 1883.

The dry weather coincided with a string of record high temperatures reported around the region in recent weeks. Most recently, the Reno daytime high of 63 degrees broke a record for the date set in 1937. And forecasters expect a record high of 60 on Monday in Reno.

A similar weather pattern has hit Tahoe and other places across the West.

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