Feeling the heat

Brannon Luscombe takes advantage of Monday’s warmer temperatures at Greene Acres Park. Luscombe said he hasn’t skated for almost a month due to cold temperatures and snowy conditions. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

Area workers and residents welcomed a warm weather front Monday afternoon that lifted temperatures into the 60s.

It has been almost three weeks since comparable temperatures have been felt in the area, with an average high temperature of 41 degrees for the month of January.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-60s for the rest of the week, according to www.wunderground.com.

“Glad the sun’s back,” Jose Lopez said as he directed traffic into the Washpointe Auto Wash on Prince Street. A long line of cars wrapped around the building and into the street — a trend Lopez said has been ongoing as temperatures have risen in recent days.

Almost 300 customers have stopped in each day since Saturday to have grit and grime, left behind by snowy roads, washed from their cars, he said.

“We’re getting pretty slammed, it’s been hectic,” he said.

Even in snow, Lopez said the car wash stayed open, though he admitted he prefers working in the warmth of the last few days.

A few blocks away, Jimmy Dominguez and Brian Harris worked to break up snow covering the greens at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course.

Using a snow blower and grading blade, Dominguez said he and Harris had been at it since last week.

“It helps it melt a lot quicker so play can resume,” said Dominguez, the course superintendent, explaining compacted snow can also damage the carefully manicured grass by encouraging the growth of “snow mold,” a fungus that can form under the frosty caps.

Dominguez said Monday was the first day the full course was opened since Clovis was covered in snow Jan. 19.

At the skate park near Greene Acres Park, Brannon Luscombe and Jonny Watson also enjoyed the sun.

“(Jonny) came to my house and said, ‘Hey, dude, let’s skate.’”

They said they had not gone out on their skateboards in about a month because even if it wasn’t snowing, it was too cold out to enjoy themselves.

“Today we can actually skate and enjoy it,” Luscombe said.


The record high and low for Feb. 5:
High: 78º, 1934
Low: -1º, 1982