Wet weather continues 8.22

Written by David Green.

No more talk about how dry it’s been, about how far behind we are for the year. It’s a whole new season of weather data.

Here’s the tally from Morenci climate observer George Isobar, as of Tuesday morning:

2.89, total for this week;

7.86, total for this month;

10.12, total since July 27.

“July 27 is the significant date,” Isobar said. “That’s when we received 2.26 inches to break the long dry spell. All we’ve had since then is a long wet spell.”

As always, Isobar says, conditions may vary. He’s heard reports from the area that exceed those figures.

“It’s a heck of a lot of rain in less than a month,” he said. “Since late July, we’re averaging four tenths of an inch a day. I’m sure glad I didn’t head off for vacation Saturday.”

With a week and a half yet remaining in the month, August could end up the wettest one in the past 30 years. It’s already running a close third.

Before you start complaining about gardens turning to jungles and flooded field, it’s almost always worse somewhere else, Isobar noted.

Reports from Hardin County, Ohio, indicate more than eight inches of rain from yesterday’s deluge.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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