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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.

George Isobar looks at March weather 4.2

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

In like a lion, out like a lamb?

That was one rambunctious lamb that marked the end of March Monday.

Heavy rain, a little lightning and thunder, very strong wind gusts—at least the temperature was finally gentle as March gave way to April.

That brings to a close a chilly, wet month, says National Weather Service climate observer George Isobar.

“The mean temperature for the month was an usual 3.4 degrees below normal,” he said. “There were a lot more days below average than there were above.”

Until Monday, Isobar said, the high temperature for the month stood at 56°. That was recorded back on March 14.  That was eclipsed on the final day of the month when 60° was reached. There were five days in the 50s last month, Isobar said, but on the other end of the thermometer, there were seven days in the teens.

“There was also one day in the single-digit range. A low of 9° was recorded on the morning of March 9,” he said. “That’s not so unusual for March. We just had a lot of other chilly nights in the 20s and 30s to bring down the average for the month.”

Coming on the heels of February—a historically snowy month—comes March with, once again, the most snow in Morenci’s record book since data was saved in 1975.

“We finished up with 19.6 inches,” Isobar said. “We haven’t had all that many Marches with snow in the teens, although last year was unusual, too, with 13.2 inches.”

Total precipitation came in about an inch over the average, with 3.81 measured this year.

“That doesn’t include the additional half inch that fell Monday night and Tuesday morning,” Isobar said. “That should be split between March and April, but as far as record-keeping goes, it will all spill into April.”

Wind gusts on Monday reached 29 miles an hour at the Toledo weather service office, no match for the high of 43 measured March 25 or the 41 measured March 3.

April

This is the time of year that Isobar points out how at least a little snow falls almost every year in April.

So what about it?

“You’re not going to hear it from me this time around,” Isobar said. “Unless a few flakes fell Tuesday, this will be one of the snowless ones.”

Sounds good, and we’ll hold you to it.

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