Weather update 7.10

Written by David Green.

It might not have seemed like a lucky miss to Morenci area residents, but it could have been worse.

Severe storms pushed through the region on the evening of July 2, but the damaging winds went north and south of Morenci.

Still, the city and areas of Medina and Seneca townships were out of power for 15 hours and more.

Electricity flowing through Consumers Energy 46 kilovolt lines serving Morenci was cut at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday. Service was restored for a couple of hours before ending overnight.

Morenci customers were back on-line before 2 p.m. Thursday, although rural customers served by Midwest Energy Cooperative had to wait much longer.

No wind damage occurred in the city, but there were power outages at 169 locations in Lenawee County, said Consumers Energy spokesperson Terry Dedoes, when falling trees and branches brought down wires.

About 4,200 Consumers customers were without power throughout the county, with Morenci addresses counting for 1,360.

Out-of-state crews were brought in to assist, Dedoes said, and power was restored long before the early estimates of Friday night.

The deluge

Morenci missed the wind, but there was no shortage of water.

The average precipitation for July is 3.4 inches, said George Isobar, the climate observer in Morenci for the National Weather Service. That storm dumped 4.77 inches.

“And that follows a wet June that ended with 5.87 inches, about an inch and a half above normal,” he said.

“Someone told me he measured about two inches by midnight,” Isobar said, “so it really kept at it all night. Some people north of town measured more than five inches in their gauges.”

June

A typical June might produce five, six or seven thunderstorms, Isobar said. Last month we had 16.

“It was a pretty wild month for storms,” he said. “It seems as though something was rolling through every other day.”

There were three reports of damaging winds in Morenci, but there were more than that not too far to the north or south.

“There were a lot of severe storms that missed us last month,” Isobar said. “Damage reports were coming in on the scanner while we just had nasty-looking skies and a good whoosh of wind as the front moved through.”

There were two reports of hail last month, including the heavy fall June 21. The high temperature of 93° was recorded June 9 and the low of 47 came June 20.

Despite having only three days in the 90s, the average for the month finished at 1.2° above normal.

July

“As you might have guessed,” Isobar said, “precipitation is running ahead for July.”

The average for the month over the past 30 years stands at about 3.4 inches and more than double that has already fallen.

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