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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Isobar discusses January weather 2.13

Written by David Green.

What is this—a winter like the good old days or a winter like never before?

It’s probably something of each, said Morenci area weather observer, George Isobar, and overall, just a wacky month of weather.

“I suppose it’s not like the old days because people always talk about lots of snow in years past, but we had only six and a half inches last month,” Isobar said.

“I don’t know about like never before, but I will give you this: It was a very odd month of weather,” he said.

There was a good solid winter with some snow on the ground and single-digit temperatures. There was a glimpse of spring with record-setting temperatures in the 60s and a thunderstorm. There were winds gusting into the 50 mile an hour range. And there were clouds. Lots of clouds.

“We often have a January thaw,” Isobar said, “but this was rather extreme. We’ve had temperatures in the 60s only four times in the last quarter century and this year was the warmest at 64°.”

Toledo reported 66° Jan. 7 and Detroit’s 64° was just three degrees shy of the all-time record for a January day, set in 1950.

“On the other hand, we had a low of -1° and another morning at 0,” Isobar said. “In the last two weeks of the month, we had single-digit readings on nine days, so that warmth early in the month really got balanced out.”

Actually, it wasn’t quite a balance. The mean temperature for the month came to be 3.5° above average. It was those extra warm days that made the difference, Isobar said.

Jan. 7 was 36° above normal and the next day was 33° above normal.

“That’s really very unusual,” Isobar said.

But the wackiest day of all? It wasn’t during the record-setting stretch, he said, it was late in the month on Jan. 29. In a 24-hour period, the temperature ranged from 50° to 4°...

 

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